TV Image Received In Hopedale
distinct television reception on a recent evening when four stations, three from New York
and one from Philadelphia, were brought into the home of Clarence E. Chilson, Freedom
Mr. Chilson, well-known radio technician explained the unusual situation as due to
temperature inversion, which to the average person means cool ground and warm air
If the inclement wet and humid weather was good for something it is news to everyone
and should help to raise the morale.
Mr. Chilson has been studying television in his spare time for several years. He was
the first person in this area to receive a TV image. His home-constructed set brought in a
station in 1941.
The present set is another that he constructed himself. On Friday night he and several
friends were able to witness a boxing match from Madison Square Garden for nearly two
hours, without interruption. In addition, Mr. Chilson receives the test patterns daily, now
being sent out from the Boston station. The Milford Daily News
The newspaper article didn't mention one little problem the viewers had while watching
the boxing match. The yoke, a part that went around the picture tube, had been put on
wrong and the picture was upside down.
televised. My father set up a TV in the window of his Main Street store and I hooked up a
speaker on a long wire and brought it out the door so the people on the street could hear
it. Main Street was packed with people overflowing onto the roadway all excited watching
the fight on a little 12" tv. After this everyone had to have a tv and my father became the
TV King of Milford. He had two trucks running all week delivering tv sets to his customers.
Along with the delivery, antennas had to be mounted on the chimneys which for a time
became a local status symbol, moreso than the car you drove. Carl Glatky, August 2014
was Empire Jewelers located in the Ring Block next to what was the Quality Lunch...the
Coniaris's restaurant. Interesting that you found Trask and Pironti whose names I of
course recognize, but cannot remember their shops." See ads by Empire, Trask and Pironti
further down this page.
wasn't a case of everyone rushing out to buy one when WBZ-TV first started broadcasting.
It was some years before they could be found in most homes. The first one in our area was
at the Spencers' house on Oak Street. They were very generous about letting kids go in to
watch. It wasn't unusual at all for the number of kids in their living room to be more than a
dozen. We'd end our kickball game across the street to go in to see the late
afternoon cartoons, western serials, Howdy Doody, Don Winslow of the Navy or Tom
Corbett, Space Cadet. Then we'd go home for supper (as it was called then) and often
return for more tv in the evening. After a year or two the Halls at the corner of Oak and
Northrop got a set and that took some of the burden off of the Spencers. Halfway down
Freedom Street, the Chilsons, who had the first tv in the area, were also hosting crowds of
kids, and I'm sure other neighborhoods had something similar going on. I'd hint to my
parents that getting a tv would be a good idea, but it seemed like a long time before we got
one. It was probably about 1952 or 1953 when we did. It was a typical tv of those days, with
a twelve inch screen, and, of course, black and white; color still being a bit in the future. So
radio was our most common form of home entertainment for some years. Radio was a lot
different then, with comedies, westerns, detective shows, soap operas, etc., and I still
enjoyed listening to Jack Benny, Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy and several others,
for years after we got the tv. Dan Malloy, December 2007
Carl Glatky sent a biography of Ross Siragusa, founder of the Admiral Corporation. Here are a couple of
paragraphs from it of Admiral's first years as a producer of televisions.
Admiral ad from 1948
Corbett, Space Cadet, and Don Winslow of the Navy.
"Kraft tv cameraman on the set of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet."
I think the two photos above are from Don Winslow of the Navy.
It was on the air in the same era as Tom Corbett Space Cadet.
An inflation calculator shows that $1,000 in 1954 would
have the same buying power as $9,164 in 2017.