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Poll: Did you ever have a black & white TV?

Yes and no color set 10 (34%)
Yes in addition to a color set 14 (48%)
No and I never saw a living dinosaur either 5 (17%)
   Discussion: Black and White TV
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 16 years, 4 months ago
The rotary phone discussion made me think about Black& White TVs. I remember getting our first color set. I think I was about 14 or 15. I still watched a black and white till I was 21 or so.
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years, 4 months ago

I don't really recall us having a B&W TV. Besides those little portables with batteries.

I do remember having those huge dials that went chunka-chunka-chunka as you switched around channels.  And remotes to the VCR with cords. And having to worry about UHF and VHF.

Bruce Rose Back · 16 years, 4 months ago
I still use a chunka-chunka style console set.  My two newer sets both fell due to lightning strikes. I use a cable box for actual channel changing, but I still have to chunka-chunka when I hook up the old game systems. :-)
A girl named Becca Back · 16 years, 4 months ago
We never had one in our house, but my grandmother had one and I watched it quite a bit as a child.

I remember when I was pretty young I associated "black-and-white" with "boring" (maybe because boring things were often on at my grandmother's house?) and tended to tune out anything in B&W. So it wasn't until I was 13 that I realized that the characters from the beginning of The Wizard of Oz had any relationship to the people in Oz. Heh.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years, 4 months ago
Seeing The Wizard of Oz for the first time in color was such a revelation. In B&W you don't get that amazing moment when she opens the door to Oz and everything is in technicolor. You also don't get the joke about The Horse of a Different Color.
Paul Back · 16 years, 4 months ago

I actually hooked up my commodore 64 computer to a black and white tv for a while

Paul Back · 16 years, 4 months ago
I use to watch "Creature Features"  on a black and white tv. Creature Features was a Saturday show on channel 5 from New York. They had lots of really cheesy horror movies from the 1950's...
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years, 4 months ago
I loved Creature Features. They even used one of my Creature Quotes; "The Mummy had no daddy.

I also loved Chiller Theatre with the great six fingered hand coming out of the ground

caroline: tired. · 16 years, 4 months ago
I am aware of the existance of black & white television sets....I have never seen one, though.

*ducks*
Phoenix · 16 years, 4 months ago
I had a b&w portable TV when I was a teenager and I loved it. And I got more stations than my 'rents with their color TV :D (color needs more db than b&w :)

And there was no such thing as cable TV when I was a teenager :D
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years, 4 months ago
Yes there was, it was around when I was a preteen. It was just not available where you lived. It wasn't available where I lived till I was in my thirties.
Yvonne · 16 years, 4 months ago
We had one for the longest time that you had to pound on quite violently for the picture to stay in the right place. We also had a colour TV at the same time, that my parents got so that I could watch Sesame Street in colour. :)
Agent Scully · 16 years, 4 months ago
Our first TV in our house was B&W with no cable.

I think this was around 1974 or 1975
Phoenix Back · 16 years, 4 months ago
I think my parents purchased their 1st TV (b/w) shortly after I was born apparently they needed some kind of stress relief - so that must have been around 1965/66...
And they got a color TV in the mid 70s (damn. now I'm earwormed w/ Deirdre Flint :)

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