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Early 1950s Television Set

Early 1950s Television Set

Image by gbaku
We got the set in late 1952 or early 1953; the photo is probably from the same time and was taken in Eugene, Oregon (USA). Until a local station started broadcasting, we only got a very fuzzy picture from a UHF station in Portland. The cable going off to the right went to a UHF antenna on top of a 40-foot mast on the roof; later in 1953, there was another cable going through the wall on the right connected to a VHF antenna lower on the mast to pick up signals from a new TV station in Eugene.

posted by chris in 1950's Television Sets and have Comments (10)

10 Responses to “Early 1950s Television Set”

  1. gbaku says:

    Later view of the same set:

    Early 1950s Television Set


    1950s Television Antennas

  2. Alkuin says:

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Fifties and Sixties, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  3. CycleDog says:

    That could be me in the photo! I tell people that my father invented the remote control in 1951. "Son, go over and change it to channel 6!"

    I used your shot for a humor piece on CycleDog.

    If you have any objections, I’ll cheerfully remove it.


  4. gbaku says:

    I’m sure my dad would have had me change the channels, but when this shot was taken, there was only one channel that we could receive! This was our first TV set; we had just moved from a small town where there was no chance of TV reception, but we had seen TV during visits to relatives in San Francisco and I was a huge fan of "Time for Beany" back in the days when it was a puppet show and not animated. Glad you could use the photo and thanks for letting me know.

  5. CycleDog says:

    My best friend grew up in Minnesota where they received two – count ‘em – two stations IF the weather cooperated. By contrast, growing up in Pittsburgh, we had six, though Stubenville and Johnstown could be iffy.

    Now, we have about 150 cable stations….and I still can’t find anything I want to watch. It’s incentive to read and write more.

  6. B.S. Wise says:

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called . TV . room ., and we’d love to have this added to the group!

  7. dhapsari22 says:


  8. aha42 says:


    I found this since it is used in a blog post in the blog of the Norwegian Broadcast Corporation (NRK):…

  9. gbaku says:

    Thanks for letting me know about the NRK blog; I was wondering why there was another upsurge in the views of that particular photo. I’ve been enjoying looking through your photos, particularly those of Bergen since one of my favorite flickr sites is that of the Bergen Public Library (especially the photos of Edvard Grieg and his house).

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