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Spending a lazy Friday afternoon free from sawdust, I was thinking about 1954, the year we got married and realised that it was the same year that R.C.A. started mass production of colour (yes, that's the correct spelling!) TV, and it wasn't until 1964 that colour started in the U.K (without me). But, it was another ten years before colour started here in Western Australia. In preparation for repairing colour sets, myself and a few colleges imported sets from the U.K. at a cost of $AUS700.00 each, they were basic 26" models, 33years later we can buy a larger set with remote control, VHF/UHF, teletext etc. for around $AUS350.00. A TV technician was earning about $AUS110.00 per week against the current $AUS600.00-800.00.
I know that you would also like to know that General Motors produced it's 50 millionth car in the same year! That's enough relaxing, I'm going to turn the dado square into a little box.

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After all those years, and with the hundreds of channels available now, there is still not much on it worth watching

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After all those years, and with the hundreds of channels available now, there is still not much on it worth watching
And most of what is --- came from around that era :-)
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Intersting info Mr. Harry .... 1954... the year my folks got married as well. I can 4 years later. I did not grow up with colored TV either even though it was available here. My first color TV came when I got married and it was one of our first purchases together.
Oddly enough my folks first colored TV was a gift from myself in 1981 from my wife and I.
Who would have guessed that by the mid 1980's we would be paying for TV. Looking forward to seeing that Dado Rail Box!

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That was the year I graduated from High School... Color TV was being experimented with...

... and there was no such thing as Cable TV, or any Satellites in the sky!!

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Guess that puts me somewhere between Corey and Joe
I was born in 53.
And I can still recall the first black metal cabineted Philco my dad brought home.
And a few years later when we got fancy and got one with a 'REMOTE' (basicly a halloween clicker that triggered a motor that turned the dial)
I remember when the idea of 'pay tv' was considered so off the wall -- it was mostly fodder for comedy sketches.

In keeping with the theme of this site --
Does anyone else remember when TV cabinets were in and of themselves elegent pieces of furniture?
I remember an Aunt who had a really nice cabinet with concealed doors --

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"Does anyone else remember when TV cabinets were in and of themselves elegent pieces of furniture?"

I clearly remember all the cocktail cabinets and coffee tables that we made from veneered plywood recovered as we scrapped the old console model black & white TV's, being in the repair trade I saw far more than most.

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1954 was a little before my time, but I do remember that the old TV and the old stereo cabinets both seemed to be pretty nice when I was a kid...

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Yup their were some pretty cool cabinets back then. In the late 60's and early 70's when portables were starting to come into their own they started making some pretty neat cabinets that the portable slid into. They weren't ready at that time for Black plastic ... which was another 10 years before it became chic

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Hi Harry

I do because I have one in the shop, the TV was put into the trash can along time ago but the cabinet is now a fixture in my shop and has been for about 18 years or so, it has 8 shelf's and two cabinets doors on it or to say one door I had to a cut one off to get into it about a year back, I had a HVY. work bench in front that I did want to move it so I cut the hinge off..

It's now a table for my bolts & nuts cabinets about 800lbs. plus,it had wheels but the bolts and nuts cabinets took them off the 1st. time I tried to move it loaded up.
The cabinet is very well made with hardwood and was at one time looked very sharp...




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I clearly remember all the cocktail cabinets and coffee tables that we made from veneered plywood recovered as we scrapped the old console model black & white TV's, being in the repair trade I saw far more than most.



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