Monday, July 31, 2006

Old Media


My most recent in a series of purchases (e.g., collecting) of old media. This is a TV/radio/turntable console from the mid-1950s. It still works (and came complete with a really scratched up old 45 of CCR's "Run Through the Jungle"). Everytime I turn on the black and white TV there's a moment when, as the tubes warm up, I secretly hope that the picture that will slowly fade in will be of some late 50's TV show, appropos of the medium. But alas, it's the same old stuff that's on the other TV. Sigh.

Anyway, it's a Magnavox MV174 L1. Trying to track down a production date, but unsuccessful so far. Magnavox (now owned by Phillips), is no use ("We no longer support that product"--duh!) and nothing's turning up via google. If anyone has an idea of how to track down this info (oddly, the term "incept dates" comes to mind, but that's from Blade Runner...), let me know.

2 comments:

Jonathan said...

Old media! Does everything in your collection actually have to work? I collect them too, but I don't actually worry too much about functioning.

Greg said...

Actually work? Not at all; I doubt much of my stuff works (not that I have tons). I was pleasantly surprised when they said that the TV set worked; sort of an added bonus.