Friday, March 11, 2011

First TV

Sometime after the local TV station (50-60 miles away) came on the air, my dad bought a used TV. It was a Zenith with a round picture tube like the one below.  Don't remember what happened to it, probably got killed by lightning.

It's amazing what you can find on the intratubes.  It only took me a little while (10 minutes or so) to find a picture of this old TV.  A lot depends on what you type into Google.  Started off with Zenith round and Google suggested "Zenith roundie TV", after looking at the results for that awhile, came across Zenith porthole TVs which I put in the search and after that I found this picture.  It's a 1950 model Zenith Porthole TV.  This looks very similar to the one I remember us having when I was a kid.

Quite the contrast between this TV and the present one.


  1. remember the red and green strips of plastic you covered the screen with so you'd have color? and the Indian Chief that stayed on the tv when there wasn't any programs on..

  2. TVs used to be works of art or, at the very least, furniture.

  3. Yeah, and no plastic crap. Beautifully finished wood. An obvious pride in opposed to today's piss poor standards.


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