TV Image Received In Hopedale

       HOPEDALE, June 1 [1948]  Atmospheric conditions are credited with the clear and
    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
    Street.

         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
    overhead.

         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.

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    In 1948 tv started coming in. The Joe Louis vs Jersey Joe Walcott fight was the first one
    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

    When I sent an early version of this page to Carl, he replied with this: "My father's store
    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.

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    One of the dramatic changes in life in the early fifties was the introduction of television. It
    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

                                                                           
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    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

    Below - Early tv scenes, including some from Tom
    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.