Old Televison

Old Televison

Paperback Shire Library

By (author) Andrew Emmerson

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  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 210mm x 3mm | 86g
  • Publication date: 21 March 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 0747803676
  • ISBN 13: 9780747803676
  • Illustrations note: 50 b&w illustrations

Product description

Television, the most immediate and up-to-date of the communications media, has nonetheless reached a ripe old age. This tradition embraces more than seventy years of progress, from the crude experiments of John Logie Baird in 1925, through the pioneering 405-line days at Alexandra Palace just before the Second World War, to the era when television entered most homes in the 1950s and the growing sophistication of the 1960s with the introduction of 625-line colour transmissions. This book explores, without sentimentality, the whole heritage of the black and white era of television. In it, you will find receivers from imposing sets built like furniture to the first transistor portables, the story of the development of television broadcasting, and the whole culture of the television generation from the coming of commercials on ITV to today's rediscovery of cult programmes.

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Author information

When he is not writing and broadcasting on the subject of today's high-tech wizardry, Andrew Emmerson enjoys discovering the history of the inventions which came before this, also restoring and reviving equipment based on these older technologies.

Table of contents

Introduction The earliest days of television The post-war era Television sets of the 1950s and 1960s The culture of the first television generation Channels, stations and idents Retro television today Important dates in television history Further reading Societies and sources of information Places to visit