I feel like an antique when I say I remember having a black-and-white TV. We had both, but the little B&W one was in our kitchen, and later briefly in my room.
They had antennas, that we constantly had to adjust. They had Vertical and Horizontal Hold. They had UHF channels. They didn't have remotes--we had to get up and change the channels and volume ourselves. They came on slowly...they had to warm up...and they turned off the same way, leaving a little rainbow square in the center of the screen until it finally faded. Some channels actually went off the air with the national anthem and then the screen went to a test pattern--nothing like the 24-hour programming of today.
Our TVs certainly didn't have TiVo or VCR/DVD players...we couldn't watch anything other than what was on the five or so channels that we got at any particular time, and we certainly couldn't fast-forward the commercials or freeze or rewind a moment in the show. We sure didn't have onscreen program guides, and we couldn't get news or sports from other cities.
But we didn't know all this would one day be available. We thought we were darn lucky to have what we had, and when the technological changes came, they came so slowly and over so much time that we don't even realize how shocked we would be by what we once thought was state-of-the-art viewing.
What do you remember about the less-technologically-advanced TVs of your childhood?
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