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Fleetwood: 1960

Fleetwood: 1960

"Fleetwood television circa 1960." Studio of Gordon Burt, Wellington, New Zealand. We don't guess this would stream Amazon or Netflix. View full size.


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TV in Australia

As he was a single man (with not much to spend his money on in those days)Dad bought a TV when they first came out in Melbourne, Victoria - in 1956, for the Olympic Games.

Not all states got TV in 1956 - I know Perth was much later.

He got married a few years later, and I still remember the telly, which looked quite a bit like the one above. I also remember hiding behind the sofa while attempting to watch Dr Who.

We got a colour TV in the mid Seventies, about a year after colour was first broadcast. Australia chose the PAL system, which gives a much better image than NTSC.

In 1956 my dad was still working as a commercial photographer, probably for the infamous Athol Shmith - I do wonder if one day I'll see something of his on Shorpy!

So many buttons

@loujudson. Didn't see your comment before. There are actually eight knob controls; an inner and outer. vertical and horizontal on the bottom, next up is brightness and contrast (pretty self explanatory) and then volume and tone control. The outer ring on the channel changer is for fine tuning. Now I can't quite make out what the push buttons are labeled, maybe something just for New Zealand?

p.s. Dave, could we get an enlargement of them?

[OK, but don't touch them. -tterrace]

Brings back memories

Memories of getting in trouble, that is! When I was about 4 years old, circa 1967, we had a TV with the cloth speaker cover, and I took a ball point pen and drew all over it.

Stylin' in the Southern Hemisphere

Those itty-bitty mid-century modern legs are a hoot!

TV Tech

Our first set was a 1953 Dumont table model. Although we were in rural Kansas, it sounds a lot like New Zealand 10 years later. We had only one channel (CBS) for about the first year we had the thing; it took 2-3 years to get all three networks, with the help of rabbit ears. The set had a flip-open control panel where things like the vertical and horizontal hold controls were. There were some even more obscure controls on the back; we never messed with them, out of fear that it would screw up the marginal reception even more. My first political memories were of the 1956 conventions. Although we were a Republican family, I was mad at the GOP because its convention preempted the Mickey Mouse Club most of the week, whereas the Democrats' did not.

Still work?

If I had one of these old television receivers in working condition now would it still receive over the air transmissions, albeit without color?

[New Zealand's conversion from analogue to digital television broadcasting is scheduled to be complete by the end of this year. Older sets require a converter. -tterrace]

On a roll

Two of the buttons are "horizontal" and "vertical" roll control and as sets aged they got increasingly more sensitive to control and you had to constantly adjust the knobs, especially in remote areas. Being an old TV repairman from the '70's this was one of the more aggravating problems with tube type sets, and a lot of my older customers held on to sets from the 60's and even late 50's. Solid state cured that as well as my occupation.


I was expecting a Caddy.

Not even UHF!

Streaming? It doesn't even have a VCR input. Anyone know what the buttons did - select stations? But no, it has a tuning knob.

Looks like a rebadged RCA TV to me... Can't find a picture online at the moment - maybe if I bang it on the side it will pick it up!

TV in New Zealand

Television reached New Zealand in 1960, later than many parts of the world. It was an expensive medium for a small country, and our uneven terrain made it difficult to get a clear signal to some areas.The hours of transmission were from memory 6pm - 10pm, and only available in black & white until 1974. Our family got its first TV in 1964, and was similar to the one in this image. Great memories

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