The Good Old Days of Electronics


Sure, it's only 25 inches on the diagonal, with the resolution of an Etch-a-sketch. But look at that wood cabinet!

     Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 03, 2014
     Category: Money | Technology | Television | 1970s

I remember having one of the first color TV's on the block. It was a huge wooden console similar to the one pictured. I got a lot of new "friends" that summer wanting to do sleepovers.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 06/03/14 at 11:32 AM
Had a TV in a wood console when I was a kid. When the TV died we stripped it out and remade the console into a cabinet.
Posted by crc on 06/03/14 at 01:29 PM
I knew someone who had an idea to alter and sell new cabinets to hide safes and/or be filing cabinets. He went so far as to contact a manufacturer and found they'd discount the price a full 15% if there wasn't a tv in it.

Look at the interior some of those old cabinets. There're built like fine furniture -- solid wood, proper glue blocks, etc. etc. etc.

On my to-do list is building an entertainment center with built-in TVs (one main screen and three smaller ones so I can see what's happening on other channels).
Posted by Phideaux on 06/03/14 at 01:39 PM
Phideaux, that is pretty much the arrangement Elvis had at Graceland. It's still there.

For a more modern arrangement, take a look at this:
Posted by Frank on 06/03/14 at 03:03 PM
My husband and I actually had one of these "tanks" given to us when we moved into our house in 1995. It worked very well connected to cable with one exception. The frequency for changing channels (and turning the television off and on) with the remote was the exact same audible frequency as my electric razor emitted so I could not watch television while shaving my legs.
Posted by Blissfully Lost on 06/03/14 at 04:22 PM
The parents acquired a General Electric telly in that class around 1969. The chassis was tubes and spent more time in the shop than in our living room and that was fine while it was still under warranty repairs. I think dad finally took it into a nearby open field and used it for target practice.
Posted by KDP on 06/03/14 at 04:52 PM
My dad had a very successful TV repair business in the early 70's.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/03/14 at 08:37 PM
@CRC: My folks did the same with their 1st console TV. A big blond thing with planters on both side wings.

@Bliss: No REAL woman uses electric! (or so I've been told)

My grandmother bought the 1st color set in town to watch Bonanza.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/04/14 at 12:32 AM
I just ran the inflation calculator backwards. A 42" LCD 1080p H/D costs about $500 over here. In 1975 that would have been equal to about $113.50.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/04/14 at 12:34 AM
When our's died, it was gutted and us kids did puppet shows (sock puppets at that). Those were the good 'ol days (or daze).
Posted by datdemdar on 06/04/14 at 12:47 AM
My grandparents had a b&w tv set-up in a fine furniture cabinet. There was the tv, a radio and a pull-out turntable with a drawer underneath for record storage. The doors closed completely so when shut it looked like a rather squat sideboard or a very large end table.

They also had a kitchen table with a drawer on either side for cutlery and tablecloths. I've been looking for another one all my life because it seems like a great idea to me.
Posted by Flamino1 on 06/04/14 at 07:24 PM
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