Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Then and now…

We've come a long way baby and I'm not talking about smoking.

CSN stores contacted me again and ask if I would like to review a product from one of their 200+ online stores. I was browsing around, looking at all kinds of goodies, when I came across some flat screen TV stands.

This got me to thinking of how far the world of television has come in my lifetime. How about you? Were you around when our TVs looked something like this one from 1956?



This model from RCA Victor sold for $495. That was a lot of money back in the day. It came on the market when some shows where starting to be filmed in "living color" and boasted that it was "Like 2 Sets in 1" since you could watch in color or B&W.

Or do you go back even further to 1950?



When I was young, ours was something like this one…


This would have been considered hoity toity back then…


If you wanted to hang your television back then, you had to do something like this…


Nowadays, you do this…


We put our "portable" sets on TV stands like this…


Now we watch our favorite shows on our cell phones!


Who knew?

Televisions for our homes get bigger and bigger — check out this 102-inch screen from Samsung…



Now you may not have one that big, but whatever you do have is not going to fit on a cute vintage TV stand. The choices for displaying your TV are numerous. You can find one to fit any decor…


This is the one, from the Paula Deen Savannah collection, that I fell in love with…


WOW!

Yes, we've come a looonnnngggg way in my lifetime. I grew up on the likes of I Love Lucy, Father Knows Best and in the late 60s I watched Hawaii Five-0…somethings never change, they just get better!




I'm still shopping around, looking for what I will do my CSN review on…stay tuned…



In the meantime, why don't you tell me what your favorite show was growing up?

Mine was I Love Lucy, I still love watching Lucy and Ethel in the candy factory and the time they were in Italy smashing those grapes into wine! And who can forget her face in the Vitametavegamin episode?

17 Thoughtful Comments:

Loui♥ said...

Hi Shelle..
Yep . I can remember all the changes in TV,, we got our first in 1956 for my Grandmother who was bedridden..Daddy brought it home, along with Ice Cream and we had a party!! Back then, we had Cowboys: Roy Rogers,Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, Lone Ranger and my favorite: Sky King!!
I think my favorite as a kid was Ed Sullivan and of course, American Bandstand. As family fare, we loved Bonanza,and the Wonderful World of Disney..
as an adult, I planned my social schedule around certain "I WILL NOT MISS shows : Magnum PI, Moonlighting, Knots Landing..
Television was a wonderful medium for entertainment.. still is..however,I for one am not pleased at the inclusion of profanity and violence as necessary for "entertainment" factors!
warmest sandy hugs..
Loui♥

Drawn to The Sea said...

Lucy, absolutely... funny, how we know her antics by heart, yet never tire of them. Even now I watch a lot of b&w... movies & reruns, to rest my eyes & my mind.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

My favorite shows growing up were the Beverley Hillbillies, Bonanza and Ed Sullivan. And every Sat afternoon, we got to see old movies. I loved our old black and white monster in the corner. And there was no worry about over consumption with only 1-2 channels and many of the shows being news related.

Kaybe said...

When I was a kid we had to stay with my grandparents every Saturday night. We always watched the Opry then The Jimmy Dean Show. I loved the Beverly Hillbillies too. As an adult I always worked nights so all the popular shows like Cheers, Sienfeld, Mad About You - I had to watch via reruns after the fact.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Our first television looked a lot like the first one you show. I do remember the shows changing from black and white to color. As for favorites...I liked the Micky Mouse club (surprise) and Petticoat Junction!

CrazyCris said...

MacGyver!!! Always! :o)

I remember seeing a very old B&W TV at my Grandmother's but that's it!

Those TV stands are fabulous! But I can't afford either one or the other! :p

Jane said...

How appropriate...we just set up our new 60" home theatre (has 3D!) Thank goodness for Black Friday sales...
(It was an unbelieveable price!)

My favorite TV show was The Ed Sullivan Show...there was so much variety...and he first showed The Beatles (SIGH!). I also loved The Monkees....Davey Jones was sooooo cute!
Jane (Artfully Graced)

jmac said...

HA!! my soul sister above...AGAIN...we just hung our new 60" 2 days ago, jane! First movie I watched was Eat,Pray,Love...unbelievable!
Fave old show? Every single dingle dangle Sunday night of my growing up yrs....roast sandwiches from the lunchtime roast with My Favorite Martian followed by Bonanza with a bowl of vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup!! (only day of the week we could have ice cream)
What really hit me in your post? that NBC peacock......whoa, blast from the past!!!!!!!

iLoveShelling said...

My faves were Flipper, Bewitched, My Three Sons, My Favorite Martian...so many. We didnt have color TV so when The Wizard of Oz came on my mom always wanted to watch it at a neighbor's house so I could see it in color. LOL I'm not a big Paula Deen fan but I do love that gorgeous TV Cabinet of hers.

Blondie's Journal said...

These televisions really bring back the memories. Mostly of watching cartoons on Saturday mornings...my favorite thing to do! :-)

XO,
Jane

becky at abbeystyle said...

Fun question, Rhonda!! Your delicious post took me back!...way back!!!
In the 60s it was Alfred Hitchcock and the Dean Martin show. My mothe and I watched Loretta Young in the afternoons when I was younger...tv was limited at our house!!!

Never saw TV during college but once I married, it was everything!! But especially Laugh-In and I Love Lucy. Bonanza was fun for awhile...then I sorta forgot about TV, got busy in the art world, publishing, etc. never really watched tv until recently...now I mostly use the tv screen for Netflix movies. Right now, it's the mini-series called Pillars of the Earth...

Thanks for giving me the thrills in the comment bar over at beachsnaps. You ARE family. If you come shelling with Kaybe in October-November next year...the house is available...:)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

What a fun post Rhonda!!!
Well as you all know Australia is a little behind the times [at times.. I think we are catching up these days]... but colour tv didn't arrive here until 1975... I was 13 and my friend's family rented a colour tv for the big event.... the first in the neighbourhood.. I remember all this distinctly.. we watched Dr Doolittle in colour!! That big huge pink snail!! Then we watched anything and everything that was on.. I ended up with a migraine that lasted days!!! Also the introduction of migraines to my world!! hahaha.. some memories

As is usual in my family we did things weirdly.. we had 2 old b&w tv's .. one the picture stopped working.. the other the sound.. so we put them side by side.. and voila!!! hahaha...Of course we have come a long way since then.. well at least the rest of the family has.. hahahahaha.. Would you believe I am still watching that tv that has no green!!! Yes I've been trying to buy a new one for ages.. but never quite finding what I like.. crazy I know!!

I remember our favourite shows were anything musical.. Black & White Minstrel show.. that sort of thing.. and movies.. The Sound of Music of course!! also anything broadway... were were quite theatrical in our family!! hahah

Ok.. enough of that.. you opened up a can of worms!!! So... about my attention to detail.. although that would normally be true.. I cannot take credit for turning the world on it's axis..!!! that was just a fluke!!

Have a wonderful week.. and thanks for the walk down memory lane!! ciao ciao xxx Julie

simpledaisy said...

Not much of a tv girl here! I could completely make due without a TV but i could never live without my computer or music!!!

CHERI said...

Lucky girl for getting to review their products! I remember when we got our first TV...I doubt it was very expensive because we didn't have much money. There were very few shows on for children but I did so love CAPTAIN KANGAROO! My mother and I also watched PERRY MASON every Friday night. I don't watch a lot of TV anymore but hubby definitely does! I absolute love that Paula Deen TV armoire. Would love to have that but no room! Can't wait to see what you choose to review! Hope all is well with you.

Completely Coastal said...

I love modern technologies! Although we only replaced our 25 year old TV because it broke (just recently)!!

Love of the Sea said...

I have HD flat screens all over my house - but that is because of my husband. I never watch tv. I could go without one. I have neevr watched Seinfeld, Friends or anything else in between!!! If TV didn't exist - I wouldn't miss anything!!!

Betty said...

Thank you so much for commenting on my giveaway and entering! Of course you can pass it along to Linda :] that's just so sweet of you.

I loved this post. the second TV you show almost looks like it's made of Bakelite.

I'm a lot younger than you but a few of the TV shows I remember watching as a kid are: Everybody Loves Raymond, Star Trek: Voyager, The Cosby Show, Hanging With Mr Cooper, and then reruns of I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, I Love Lucy, and the Munsters. And that doesn't even include the cartoons, etc.

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