Big Picture Television 1949 Crosley Spectator
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A flash of magic light from across the room...and you remain in your easy chair...
(after this site on the flashmatic via bifurcated rivets)
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There's no way to verify it now but I'm pretty sure this is my TV that once was.
It's a Stromberg-Carlson.
There's a metaphorical springboard in that woman's eyes, with the telephone on the demo in the ad.
They made many other models.
To get the full nuance you'd need to have been in a State-side world where there were only maybe four or five kinds of popular TV mfrs.
And S-C was not one of them. They were a sort of hobbyist's choice, something the TV-cognoscenti recognized. And then only mainly in the 50's and early 60's.
It was for sale on Craig'sList, a less-crass ebay thingie we have here in the US, I mean the image is from that, via Google.
I found it at a garage sale, a near-antique, many years ago now.
And sold it so also, long ago.
Posted by rollo at February 18, 2006 01:23 PM
The metaphorical springboard jumped out at me.
Look at me.
I love that 9bzpx S-C. Showing window box. Could have been the best thing on the televsion sometimes.
One of my biggest regrets of this ilk is not grabbing a beautiful vintage TV off the nature strip when in a hard rubbish collection once.
Probably didn't work, but would always work as a table.
Posted by boynton at February 18, 2006 02:17 PM
re the crosley Spectator: Crosley made cars and gave their refrigerator a great name - The Crosley Shelvador.
Posted by Brownie at February 18, 2006 11:36 PM
Yes, a great name. Like Roll-a-door, they could have set a jingle to the Toreador song?
- and they also made the "Icy Ball"
Posted by boynton at February 20, 2006 01:50 PM