Okay, this has nothing to do with farming or nature or anything like that. It's all about televisions!
My mother-in-law very kindly decided to buy us a flat-screen TV, to bring us into the 21st century. For the past few years, we've been watching a 20" Sony, and I have been finding it increasingly difficult to read subtitles on foreign movies. Mom decided she wanted to get us a present and because we enjoy watching DVDs so much, she wisely decided on a TV. Thanks Mom!!
This led me to ponder the evolution of TVs. Of course, they go back much farther than this, but we still have this behemoth, which is so heavy that two people have to lift it:
I remember nearly killing myself helping Gordon carry this up three flights of stairs back when we lived in Toronto. We bought this thing in 1994 to replace the 13" Sony we'd been squinting at for years. It was a vast improvement at the time.
Then in 2006, we got this 20" Sony, which is small but has a good picture and sound:
After we moved from British Columbia back east, this ended up being our main television. Hence the eye strain with subtitles! And silver was the "in" colour.
But now it's back to black. Here's the new 40" beast...
Gordon decided, after research, to abandon Sony for Samsung. I had to rearrange the whole living room for this thing! But amazingly, I can now read subtitles AND credits. Very refreshing.
It's an inch thick. I mean really, it amazes this old fart that televisions have evolved to this state. I remember our first colour TV, in the very early 70s. You youngsters won't believe this, but it had TUBES, and when the colour went off, a TV repair guy had to come and adjust it all. Imagine! And it took forever to warm up and turn on. It was quite the advancement when they invented the "instant on" TV that didn't require all the warming up.
Of course, the TV before that was a clunky black and white affair in an elaborate wooden cabinet with built-in speakers!
I have no patience for photographing electronics. I'd much rather take pictures of animals...
Bath time for Julius!
I'll have to see if I have any photos of our the television sets I grew up with. I remember my Dad telling me, when I was a kid, that they didn't have TV when he was growing up. I could not fathom life without it. I guess kids today would be amazed that I grew up without a computer. How did we survive? :)
PS: If any one has a use for 100-lb 1994 Sony TV, let me know. Maybe Gordon can put it in his man-room in the barn!