Have You Ever Owned A Black And White TV?

UsandThem

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The first "personal" TV I had in my room was B&W probably sometime around 1984-1985.

It was pretty small even for then (probably about 10" -12" screen), and I think my parents must have picked it up at a garage sale for very cheap since we didn't have much money.

I used put my cover over it so my parents thought I was asleep, so I could stay up late and watch WWF matches that were on after my bedtime. I just had to know what kind of shit Roddy Roddy Piper was up to that particular week. :cool:
 
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WilliamM2

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I never have, and I'm 58. I don't recall my parents even having a B&W TV either. Color became pretty common in the 1960's.
 

IronWing

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Yep, I found one in a dumpster in 1990. I kept it for a couple months but found it to be annoying so I put it on the curb. Someone took it.
 

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Never did myself. Even my grandparents had a colour one since before I was born, a big wooden RCA. It just kept working but they replaced it when they got a flatscreen for a Christmas present. I never asked what they did with it after, I kind of hope they kept it, that thing was a classic. Probably need 4 people to move it though lol.
 

Amused

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I didn't, but my family did until the mid 70s. (I was born in 67).

I remember being shocked at the colors of Star Trek and Brady Bunch when we got our color TV.
 

KMFJD

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yes, a couple, it was fine for the atari 2600 (combat/defender/pacman)
 

Iron Woode

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My parents had a 20" B/W TV and a new colour TV back in 1974.

I got stuck with the B/W set in the basement but it was fine because I could watch what I wanted to not what my parents wanted to.

It was gone around 1976.
 

brianmanahan

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used to have a 13" black and white in the 80s

it was the "atari TV", but sometimes someone would watch TV on it if the big one was in use

one night when i was 6 there was a big storm and i was using that little TV to try to find the weather

instead i found a terrifying horror movie, several scenes of which are etched on my brain forever

a guy killing a bunch of people... a guy dying in a grain bin...

i remember it like it was yesterday

 
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pmv

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I remember when my parents first got a colour TV, in the early '80s, I think? (For that matter, I can remember, just about, when we first got a TV at all).

In fact the last TV I had (up till about 20 years ago, around the time the internet seemed to take away most of the purpose of having one) was B&W (because the licence was cheaper! The main expense of a TV now is the licence, rather than the 'hardware'...the BBC may be unsustainable for that reason...funny thing really that the BBC came into existence in the first place because the radio-manufacturers needed someone to produce content so they could sell radios - now it's the content that costs you, the hardware is a minor part of the cost).

Pity I can't get the internet in Black & White and save some money on that.
 
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BoomerD

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Yep. Grew up with B&W television. I'm old enough tp remember when they invented color. My how the world looked different in color!
 

thedarkwolf

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46 and yep. Looked like the one Captante posted and I believe we got it for free with a window A/C purchase. It was my bedroom tv and I had it up till around 10-12 years old when I got a color 13 incher for x-mas.
 
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SKORPI0

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Yes, late 60s, colored TV was too expensive for the family. Had to wiggle/rotate the antenna sometimes to get a good signal. No remote, had to rotate the knob to change channels.
Watched the Apollo 11 Moon landing live IIRC.

Similar looking model, not sure brand it was.

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NuclearNed

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My initial answer was "no" but then I realized that in the early to mid 80's I used my paper route money to buy a little pocket TV - it was B&W
 

iRONic

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Yep. Grew up with B&W television. I'm old enough tp remember when they invented color. My how the world looked different in color!
I’m 62 so same here.

Parents bought large B&W consoles from the BX wherever we were stationed during Dad’s Air Force career.

I vividly remember the last one we had, a huge Magnavox piece with a record player on one side, & an AM/FM radio on the other. Big hidden speakers on each side. That was my first encounter with a remote control. It only did channel up and down & volume but it made a weird sound… like it was shooting an air charge! 🤣
 

pete6032

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I think nearly all of my TVs have been black. Maybe one gray. Never owned a white one.
 
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