Television sets - Some idiosyncrasies of the 1950 TV.
- It was a big square box with a tiny screen that had to be turned on at least 10 minutes before watching to give it time to warm up.
- When turned off the picture would disappear into a dot in the middle of the screen.
- When the linehold went the picture kept scrolling up and off the screen. We had to fiddle with knobs on the back of the set to stop it.
- There were no remote controls so you had to get out of your chair to turn over - assuming you had ITV which didn't start transmitting until 1955 and was only received by a small number of households until the early 1960s.
Telstar - Although the first man-made satellite in space was Sputnik in 1957, it made little difference to our lives. It wasn't until Telstar was launched in 1962 that we started to receive live transmissions from America. I can remember that even though the reception was poor, we all marvelled at how unbelievable it was to see someone from America talking live.
Some of my other favourite toys that come to mind [and I know you'll think of more] are:
- A jack-in-the-box which frightened me. [I was a sensitive little girl.]
- My plastic dolls with fixed joints and head but they came alive in my mind all the same.
- Many of you have already mentioned paper dolls. I loved my bag of paper dolls.
- Colouring books with crayons or coloured pencils. We had no felt tips.
- Yoyos made of wood
- Kaleidoscopes that you looked through and saw a myriad of patterns. I used to think they were magic.
Torchy, the battery boy
This is your Life, Eamonn Andrews and that infamous red book.
That's Life, Esther Rantzen and dogs who said, "Sausages!"
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The Tornadoes who provide [no surprises here]...
The Tornadoes playing Telstar which includes a tribute to NASA. I'd forgotten how noisy this piece of music is at the beginning.