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Old 04-15-2015, 07:47 PM
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I didn't know the time line when Boston Store became just a Magnavox dealer.
BTW, what make set, did you buy there?
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:11 PM
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Again, I think it goes back to an issue of AGE. For me, having a Color TV as a kid was sorta short-hand for "Being RICH"... Roundies often as not were in EXPENSIVE cabinets, w/fancy record players & radios. Their owners always took care of them, I guess that's one reason so many still survive today. But now, you buy an expensive TV & its sorta "Meh..."Just an ugly black/dark grey billboard looking thing, NO pizazz, no fabulous cabinetry to telegraph to visitors, "This guy who bought me is WEALTHY, has WONDERFUL taste in things, etc... You would be WELL-ADVISED to emulate him..." That's ANOTHER part of the mystique of my Porthole Zenith, I think-Having ANY TV was still a Big Deal in 1949/'50, & having a ZENITH kinda marked you as a "Heavy-hitter"...
That is probably the thing I miss most about the older sets is the furniture style cabinets. There is something so beautiful about a round tube TV in a stylish cabinet that brings elegance to a room. Even the plastic wood grain cabinets were nice. One everything went to all black or silver, the style was lost. Large black flat panels just look strange in an otherwise tastefully decorated room.
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:11 AM
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That is probably the thing I miss most about the older sets is the furniture style cabinets. There is something so beautiful about a round tube TV in a stylish cabinet that brings elegance to a room. Even the plastic wood grain cabinets were nice. One everything went to all black or silver, the style was lost. Large black flat panels just look strange in an otherwise tastefully decorated room.
I could not agree more. The screen sizes for color were all the same from 1955-65 and, as if to make up for that, tastes in home furnishings were more diverse.
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The screen sizes for color were all the same from 1955-65
I thought that they made something like a 15" and the 21" from the get go and dropped the 15" somewhere in the 50s. They continued with the 21" until the "roundie" end somewhere around 1967. I think a few manufacturers put out round tube sets for a few years more as budget sets to use up surplus tubes.

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Old 04-17-2015, 09:01 AM
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The 15" model was made for only one year, so you are both right.
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Old 04-17-2015, 01:25 PM
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The 15" was out long before the 21", but by the time consumer sets were made there was little time before the (short lived) 19" and early 21" types came out.
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