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    Quote Originally Posted by FireFighterZero View Post
    Is that a crystal radio?
    Yep. We had the old HMV in the house. We got tv here when I was eight, big year. TV, telephone and a brother. Still listened to the crystal set for a while though, transistors were a few years away.




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    This was my favorite xmas present when I was in the 2nd grade. It somehow disappeared after my dad realized it cost money to buy new batteries.


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    My dad is a couple years older than you Steve. I asked him one time about a crystal set, but he did not remember having one.

    They got electricity in '54, he would have been about 10. They got a radio soon after. I think it was a while yet before they got a TV.

    One thing that always sets dad off is old radios, either in houses or cars.

    He never misses an opportunity to tell me that in the old days a radio needed to warm up before the music started. None of this twist the knob and instant sound. Especially when watching movies......and the radio comes right on. He says "it did not work that way!!!!!!!!" "had to let the tubes warm up!"

    Really gets him going for some reason.
    Winter is coming.

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    TV.s had to warm up, too.

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    Yep.

    Used to have to degauss them once in a while.
    Winter is coming.

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    How was that done?

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    Some of them did it automatically, every time you turned it on. I guess that was the reason for the waviness.

    Some of the old sets you had to do manually, or at least manually hit a button or something.
    Winter is coming.

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    I remember the first household in our neighborhood getting a color TV...any guess where all us kids visited to watch cartoons on at morning?

    Attaching old playing cards onto fender struts on our bikes so they would click against the spokes when the wheel turned.

    Plenty of kids got hurt trying to run those new plastic sleds with no runners down our regular hills in the woods.

    Party lines on the phone.

    The start of bussing kids to different schools.

    Nailing things by hand

    points & condenser

    real people for information and operator on the phone

    waiting for an expected personal letter to come

    catching crawfish in the creek

    The dislike of having to put shoes on to go someplace with my parents during the summer

    Dad singing
    The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. -Steven Wright

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    I still have lots of points on the farm.

    The operator lady used to get tire of me.....but there was no one else to talk too.

    I remember pinochle parties, country dances, having guns in your pickup so you could shoot gophers on the way home from school.
    Winter is coming.

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    come to think of it, we have plenty of them at the golf course too
    The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. -Steven Wright

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