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Printable Version Early Television


 Television was the buzz in the early 1950's.  But there were big problems.  First, the programmes could not be received in town.  Second, a TV set cost £100 or more - a lot of brass in those days.

Shorrocks electricians came to the rescue.  Their shop was opposite the Majestic and Pickingtons ironmongers.  They had the idea of installing a TV set in a hut at the top of Tuba Hill where reception was better.  Interested folk  would be taken up and given a viewing.  Only the rich could afford to buy.

My friend's dad bought a set!   Crowds went to his house on Gisburn Road to see the show even though it was only flickering snow for the first few weeks.  

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 Added on:  24/02/2006
 Author/Source:  G Manock
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 Posted by:  geoffm
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  By: HerbSG on 19/02/2009
My mother worked at Shorrocks back then, from memory TV's were not easy to come by, we were to get one but moved before that happened. Finally did not watch tv until 1953 in Canada, limited channels, and black and white.

  By: Zeke on 01/09/2009
My dad bought our first TV set in the early 1950's, I believe it was purchased at the same shop across from the Majestic theater. It was an Echo TV set with large cabinet and small BW 10 inch screen. The picture wasn't very good and needed constant adjustment, it seemed.



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