View Full Version : GE Show and Tell

10-10-2015, 06:24 PM
I was at a car show today, when I happened to walk by an antique store with all the doors and windows open. It looked good, so I went inside. In the back room was a small TV. When I walked nearer, I noticed it had a record player on the top. It was beige and avocado green. It was also B&W solid state. I figured it was from the early 1970s. I didn't have my smartphone on me, but I did have my 35 mm camera, so I took a picture of it. I'll post it when the pictures get developed. The more I thought, the more impractical and problematic this would be. All the parts to a turntable, and then a portable television. You could easily hit the record, and knock it off the turntable. The audio must have been terrible. They wanted $100 for the thing. I think $30 would be over the moon on it. Did anyone of you guys have one of these things? Still have it? Are they as ridiculous and impractical as I think they are?

10-10-2015, 08:00 PM
Show and Tell is not a TV, but a slide projector that plays special film strip / phonograph record combinations for the kiddies.

10-10-2015, 08:18 PM
Oh goodness. Well I guess I was completely wrong. A google search show that is exactly true, and actually kind of neat. Maybe I should have done that before posting a thread...

10-10-2015, 10:51 PM
Never saw one before. (

10-10-2015, 11:58 PM
I have seen them many times....but they have NOT really "turned me on" since I was a CHILD...

10-11-2015, 12:16 AM
you could really confuse people if you put in a slide showing a TV test pattern

Tony V
10-11-2015, 06:32 PM
Most people now days wouldn't know a test pattern from a cartoon unfortunately.

10-11-2015, 06:54 PM
I remember thinking toys like that were sooo cool when I was kid!

10-11-2015, 07:00 PM
They must not have been all that popular, I collect 45rpm records, and I just don't run across the records much. Either that, or people who got them trated them as a novelty, and never bought new filstrips for it. Also, audio cassettes probably took over the limited market for these before long. When I do find them, the film strips are usually missing. I don't really collect them, but I snag them if they have the film strips and are cheap.

10-11-2015, 07:01 PM
I don't see a knob to advance the film strip, so that must be automatic triggered by tones on the record?

10-11-2015, 07:43 PM
It wasn't that sophisticated. You inserted the filmstrip, which was in a plastic frame, and it had a motor inside that advanced it up every ten seconds or so. The record was started first and then when you heard sound, you inserted the film all the way in and it pushed up as it advanced. The records were very short.

I have a box full of them and the player somewhere. It belonged to my cousins and my aunt was throwing it out. They also functioned as a regular 4-speed record player and I think you could turn the light off.

10-11-2015, 07:45 PM
I don't see a knob to advance the film strip, so that must be automatic triggered by tones on the record?

IIRC, the advance of the film strip, was driven off the turntable motor. :scratch2:

The Dukane phono-filmstrip projectors had a click signal on the recording, when it was time to advance the filmstrip, one frame. Done by the operator.

Jon A.
10-12-2015, 03:32 PM
you could really confuse people if you put in a slide showing a TV test pattern
I'd do it just to have a unique accent light.

10-13-2015, 12:52 AM
In the early '80's, I got a "hand-me-down" one from another family member. Mine was a green 4-speed GE and probably dated from the early '70's. The family member made it clear that they wanted it back when I outgrew it and I think they ended up giving it to the thrift store. I think GE also made one with an AM radio and I remember versions of these types of record players being available at least until the mid '80's.

10-13-2015, 09:59 PM
I never had one of those.I'm surprised I have not seen somebody fit an LCD screen inside of one of those yet or they have already somewhere on the net.

Oops .I should not give them any ideas.

10-13-2015, 11:51 PM
for anyone interested....there is one of these available on the site. This one DOES have an AM radio.

I am NOT really interested...

10-14-2015, 12:19 PM
I'm getting old......
I had one when I was like 5 or 6 (so this would be the early 70's) but I can't remember how it worked. I think whoever said it advanced every 10 seconds or so, sounds correct.
I remember the ad on TV made it look cool, and when I got one, I was all "Next...."
I think mom was PO'd because I whined for the books and hated it within a few months.

10-15-2015, 08:54 AM
I hear ya! I recall my cousin had one on a wire stand, we would play 45's at different speeds and had a good laugh. I agree the novelty wore off fast though.:sigh:

BTW if you want one....
This looks too interesting to ignore.

10-15-2015, 03:53 PM
I have a clock radio that looks a little bit like a TV set

As for filmstrips and records, my high school had record players and separate slide projectors to show the slides. There'd be a "beep" to signal the kid running the projector to advance the filmstrip. One time the guidance dept was showing some silly filmstrip in the auditorium and some of the kids could fool the projector operator (by making a beep sound) to advance the filmstrip. This throwing the record soundtrack and the images out of sync, and towards the end the projectionist would run out of filmstrip before the record would finish. :D