Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday photo of a showroom full of television sets is nothing like what we experience today in shopping for the latest in home entertainment. Instead of meandering in and out and between the sets, we stand back and gaze at display room walls lined with flat screens showing off their high resolution and sound in football games and Eagles concerts. Who can help but admire the picture quality and sleek lines? I would not want to go back to the days of black and white, but the boxy “picture tube” television set standing quietly on four legs was the television of my childhood.
I do not remember NOT having a TV. It was as much a part of our household as the stove and refrigerator. Maybe that is why the TV set is rarely seen in any family pictures. In fact, the few glimpses of one are actually of my grandparents’ Zenith. They lived next door, and I spent a lot of time there, so I remember their TV more than my own.
|Wendy and Mary Jollette with our cousin Bobbie|
(Were we playing with some toy make-up?? I don't know.)
- my family saw me on “Poopdeck Pappy,” a local show in which Mac McManus starred as Popeye’s father Poopdeck Pappy and showed “Popeye” cartoons in the afternoon. Scout troops, Sunday School classes, children’s choirs, and various organizations were invited to walk across the “gangplank”onto Poopdeck Pappy’s “fishing trawler.” My Brownie troop were the guests of the day.
- we laughed at Red Skelton’s skits as Clem Kadiddlehopper and Freddie the Freeloader and waited for his signature address to the audience at the end of every show: “Good night and may God bless.”
- my friends and I sat up late on Friday nights to watch old Frankenstein and Dracula movies on “Shock Theater.” The vampire host rose out of a coffin with his eerie greeting, “Good eeeeeev-en-ing.”
- we gathered to watch Lawrence Welk. I wished I could play the piano with the confidence and joy of JoAnn Castle, that I could dance with Bobby Burgess (all grown up – I remember when he was a Mouseketeer) and that I could be friends with the Lennon Sisters.
- I watched “Wizard of Oz” – it came on only ONCE a year, and even then it was not every year. Grandma served Jiffy Pop. What could be better?
- my grandmother watched her “soaps” in the afternoon until I got home from school to interrupt her peace.
- we sat speechless following reports of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The TV set brought families together.
It’s time to change channels and see what else is on the Sepia Saturday Show.
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