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December 19, 2009 9:49 PM   Subscribe

What Was On: snapshots of vintage televisions playing broadcasts. 1957; 1963; 1968; In Space.
posted by jjray (10 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
I have so many similar photographs of January 28, 1986
posted by avocet at 10:07 PM on December 19, 2009


It's kind of amazing to me how ephemeral television used to be before VCRs, DVDs, PVRs, hulu, youtube, etc. You had to sit down and watch it or else you missed it, possibly for good since in the early days the vast majority was never recorded in any way since it was way too expensive. We take for granted today that if something weird or unusual happens on the local newscast or whatnot that it will end up at youtube or on The Daily Show or whatever, but back then it really was live and it was gone as soon as it aired.
posted by Rhomboid at 10:19 PM on December 19, 2009 [1 favorite]


In the one for '68... I assumed it was Bobby's funeral, but I thought I saw Bobby near the end. And I don't recall LBJ attending Bobby's funeral, and Jacqueline was in full regalia.
posted by Zangal at 10:39 PM on December 19, 2009


It's interesting to see how different the television quality is in 1968 compared to 1957.

Some of my father's earliest memories are of his regular cartoon shows completely off the air during the days after JFK's assassination. Every single channel featured news and speculation.
posted by autoclavicle at 11:02 PM on December 19, 2009 [1 favorite]


Zangal, LBJ attended. The Kennedy you saw in, I assume, shot #6 is Ted. Google News tells me Jackie was there as well. As to her presence and demeanor, perhaps there is something to the rumors.
posted by dhartung at 11:06 PM on December 19, 2009


"In the one for '68... I assumed it was Bobby's funeral, but I thought I saw Bobby near the end."
You did. He's in the casket.

June 1968 = Robert F. Kennedy assassination.
posted by autoclavicle at 11:12 PM on December 19, 2009


back then it really was live and it was gone as soon as it aired.

which is what made it so special. nowadays, not so much.
posted by billybobtoo at 4:36 AM on December 20, 2009


If you open all of those up and flip thru them, it's like watching Mad Men in high speed!
posted by msbutah at 5:01 AM on December 20, 2009


Fortunately the coverage of the tragic events of 1963 and 1968 are very well preserved. I would direct anyone interested to the YouTube channel of this user, who has been uploading hours and hours of it. Not just the CBS and NBC coverage, which has been rebroadcast so many times, but also that of ABC and the local Dallas radio and TV stations.
posted by evilcolonel at 6:49 AM on December 20, 2009


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posted by biochemist at 9:29 AM on December 20, 2009


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