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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Where's the Remote?

Where's the Remote?

A classic view of my siblings, Becky and Frank, and their favorite pastime. View full size.

The Remote Control

They are sitting on the floor.

The set looks more like one of the lesser known brands, possibly Olympic or any number of others; very late 50's or early 60's.

Educated Guess

It may have been a Crosley TV. They were big in the lighter color cabinets. They were called Ash, Blonde or Light Oak. From what I could tell is was TV/Radio combination, the location of the speaker section and the Multi-Band Radio above it, left no room for for a Turntable or Record Changer. The legs were screwed in to metal plates under the set and were usually installed by the delivery crew.

On second thought.
After looking at the picture again, I believe the area under the radio is a drawer and not a speaker. In that case there is a record player of some sort in there. The speaker(s) would have been on the side(s) of the cabinet

There Are 2 Remotes

I see two remotes, both on the floor:

Becky: Hey Frank. Go change the channel.
Frank: Hey Becky, you go do it yourself.
or
Parent: Hey Frank, go change the channel.
Frank: But I changed it last time. It's Becky's turn.

You Are Correct, Sir!

It was indeed a console, an item that in some form or another was always in our home. This particular one was "blonde", to match the living room furniture (Bassett..I remember mom always bragging about the Bassett furniture), but later on, it was replaced twice with more modern models. Both of those were the traditional darker wood, maple in our case, and in an Early American style. They were my mother's pride and joy. Music filled our house constantly...the TV was really an afterthought. I unfortunately don't know the brand of this particular model, although I would guess Zenith or RCA.

Their TV

Looks like a TV-radio-phono console, the phono in a drawer at the lower left.

TV brand?

I've never seen a TV like this. Does anyone know what kind it is?

 
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