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Peanut Butter TV Time: 1957

Peanut Butter TV Time: 1957

One of the things my mother did to give herself some child-free time was park me in front of the television with a shot glass of Skippy peanut butter and a spoon. On this day she seems to have given me the whole jar (which might have been nearly empty). She would then pick an appropriate program to keep me interested, and go about cooking, painting watercolor or whatever she wanted to do.

Here you see, in addition to our RCA TV, the RCA 6JM2 45 player that my father gave me for my third birthday. Unlike the typical children’s 45 player (such as the Ding Dong Schoolhouse edition), which had a built in speaker, my father chose a non-speaker version, and hooked it up using the TV’s sound system. To turn it on you turned the power knob for the television in the opposite direction from the way you turned on the TV to watch the picture.

All of the other children had horrible sound from their record players, but mine was high fidelity. Above the 45 player is a watercolor of trees that my mother painted.

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