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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Hi CW Gang ~

    SEE FIRST PIC FOR THE TV SIGNAGE on TV's back in the Day. I had to post this as so MANY kids today do not realize that TV did not come on it a certain time in the morning, and went off the air during the night. When you turned on the TV, you would see the picture in the first post telling you to "Stand by" to wait for the programming to start. Also back in the day YOU ACTUALLY HAD TO GET UP and change the channel.....LOL.....No remote controls then. I remember on the Farm we had like 2 channels -- so not much for choices. also i remember the Black and white TV days too. Color TV was amazing thing.

    Then there were the old Tube radios and you turned on, but they had to WARM UP before they worked. Funny to stop and realize just how much some things have just changed in our life time....scary !!

    Thanks for LOOKING // LOVING !!

    ~ Rose ~


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    1. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 5 years ago
      This meant turn on the radio or go to bed, My parents had a remote a few of us.
      Love it.
    2. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      I am always telling people about the test pattern with an indian on it and they have no clue what I am talking about. I remember getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons and sometimes the test pattern would still be up.
    3. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 5 years ago
      Here is a test pattern that tells what lines and symbols were for - You may need to hold the Ctrl Button and tap the + to enlarge (Ctrl - to size down)
    4. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      Kids today would barely survive being tossed backward in time and living as we lived. Sometimes I wish I could go back to the 1960s and stay there.
    5. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 5 years ago
      I'll take a ticket for that trip Efes 67 or maybe 72 toss up Summer of Love (50 years ago this year) but by 72 we had some more good music out, right 67 it is (and I'll write the hits for 71 gotta have Dragging the line)
    6. JImam JImam, 5 years ago
      Nice Post! Love it.
    7. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      The first remote came out in the 1950s and used metal tines to send a frequency to change the channel. LOL. I think it had 4 tines and had to be close-by and pointed directly at the receiver.
    8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      A neighbour was the 1st to get a TV & we kids would watch the test pattern for hrs. before the stations had any programs. The 1st broadcast was 15 mins. while some guy briefly tried to explain how TV worked & that they were still installing the equipment cooling system while we kids sat marveling at this picture that came thru the air. MAGIC ! Now we b-tch about what's on !
    9. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 5 years ago
      Many may not realize that nearly every single line/circle/etc that makes up that test pattern *but* the words "PLEASE STAND BY" are actually carefully designed and arranged measuring scales, used by the broadcast engineers to calibrate the cameras in the TV studios and also by TV repairmen to adjust individual TV sets. Even the famous 'indian head' was intended to be used as an indicator of 'sharpness'. (the ability of the camera or cathode ray tube to properly interpret a close pattern consisting of small light and dark areas) SO, technically, this post could go in the "tools" category, too! <lol>
    10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      WOW, Anything. If we had just known all that as kids, we would have, - - uh, uh, - - probably would not have cared less . LOL !!
    11. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 5 years ago
      That is the first "test pattern" 1940s from Chicago TV. It was on a set in my home with a tiny round tube, and a woman names "Jenya" would play the piano many hours a day when we turned on our set!! Seeing that again was a whopper of a jolt to me.
    12. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 5 years ago
      Kudos to PoliticalPinbacks for the link to the explanation of what (some) of those various graphics were actually for. One must realize (remember?) that, in the early eras of vacuum-tube technology TV (quite unlike today's universal digital precision) a GREAT DEAL more 'normal adjustments/maintenance/etc' needed to be given to all the various equipment that produced TV signals -- especially on the broadcast/station end of things. Those of us (myself included!) who simply watched the test pattern after the daily programming ended (or before it began) likely had no idea that, during those hours of "nothing", there were crews of technicians hard at work tweaking the machinery (likely a daily job, at least) to try to insure that every 'next day's broadcasts' would not only happen, but appear to the viewers at home just like 'yesterday's broadcasts' had.

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