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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1874

LBJ on LSD: 1967

LBJ on LSD: 1967

May 1967. I liked to see what weird effects I could get fooling around with the controls of our color TV. If you turned the horizontal hold just to the point where it was about to lose it, you'd get something like this. If the President of the United States happened to be on, that is.

Wasn't a hippie

No, I didn't turn into a hippie, dangerous or otherwise. I was dangerous to our 1965 Montgomery Ward Airline color TV, however, and broke one of the controls on the back panel fiddling with it trying to get the picture "perfect." There was also a service switch that compressed the image down to a horizontal bar about 1/4" thick. I discovered that by opening the shutter of my camera and swiveling it back and forth from side I could get an effect like this, without drugs:

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All part of a continuing fascination I had back then of taking pictures off the TV screen. For instance, I have shots of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley both in black and white and color. How many other people can say that?

Cheap Color TV

There used to be transparent plastic sheets that had various colors running horizontally down. They came in different screen sizes, with 2 sided tape along the edges to fasten them to the black and white screen. The results were not unlike the LBJ picture above. It was the poor man's color TV. We sold plenty of them.

Hippie

Didn't I read a comment somewhere asking if you hadn't turned into a dangerous hippie at the time?

 
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