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TV and Me: 1955

TV and Me: 1955

In a previous picture I mentioned our family TV. But in that picture, the doors to it were closed, making it into a piece of blonde wood, mid-century modern furniture. It was a 1951 model RCA Kendall 17T174. We only had RCA TVs because my father worked at RCA Laboratories, in Princeton New Jersey, where he was involved in the development of color television. His slippers are on the floor behind me. To the right of them is a wheeled piece of blonde wood furniture that my mother called a tea wagon. Behind them all is a closer look at the very fifties fabric of the curtains my mother sewed for that living room. View full size.

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Curtain Mystery

Your observations give me another theory.
Those curtains ran the whole length of that room.
There is a wall (the white "object" you are seeing) a floor to ceiling window, and a door behind them.
You are absolutely right that the curtains of the linked picture bulge.
If either the window, or door were open, the curtains could be blowing from a breeze.

A theory re: drapes

Putting this photo together with the one you link to (Naptime for Daddy: 1957), I think I can see what the deal is with the drapes and the chair in that shot of your father sleeping on the floor. Judging by the sloping down and bulging out of the drapes, it seems the drapes have been pulled around an object that is between them and the window, perhaps to provide a better and less distracting backdrop for sleeping dad. Maybe it's the tea wagon being covered up? Whatever the mystery object is, it's sitting on a white pad that can be seen peeking out from under the drapes in that later shot.

 
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