Today we’ve got satellite up-links, file downloads, peer-to-peer sharing, PVR’s, smart phones and toasters that can pretty much drive themselves to the store for a loaf of bread. What did we do 50 years ago? Cable TV wasn’t even a dream at that time, and the proverbial “rabbit ears” were commonplace.
We continue our series “The Antiques Toad Show” with a look at what is now considered to be antique electronics on display at the Metchosin Pioneer Museum.
Well before the advent of remote controls, TV sets typically had 2 knobs. One was to turn it on and off and adjust the volume, and the other was to select which channel to view. The early sets I grew up with went from channel 1 to 13, if I recall. To add further confusion, there is a pretty good chance this is a black-and-white model.
Today’s fast-paced modern world is full of acronyms. There was certainly no HD available back when this TV was new, and the only acronym actively used was RCA. Families used to make evenings out of sitting around the front room and watching their favorite shows. You were pretty lucky in some cases if you even had a TV at your house, let alone one in each room.
We were given the opportunity to tour the museum after hours by our best friends dad, who is known as The Curator in this series on our photoblog. During the shoot when I encountered the items we’re sharing in this blog post, I literally stopped in my tracks. They brought back a flood of memories of growing up with my family in Edmonton. The familiarity was so complete, I could almost feel the texture of the knobs and the speaker grills.
Many electronics from this period were powered by vacuum tubes. They would last forever and were readily and easily available if they needed to be replaced. I have spent a large part of my life playing guitar, and I can honestly say that the best sounding amplifiers out there today still use tubes. This is the only true way to get that “brown sound” that many of us love so much. When solid state amplifiers came on the scene, I bought ones that had circuits designed to emulate this sound. It was never quite the same, to be honest.
It’s not so much that I wish to return to these times, but rather that I guess I am hitting an age now where some things instantly trigger long-lost memories. The old sense of familiarity also bred a strong sense of security. In today’s hectic and fast-paced world this is really missing.
We really hope you’ve been enjoying this photographic journey through the museum with us as much as we have in bringing it to you. In the meantime, I have a text message I must get to and I think our PVR is full of some great HD programming I have to purge to make room for the new stuff…
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