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Post# 738254   2/28/2014 at 12:48 (2,393 days old) by cadman (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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I know we have some TV collectors amongst us, so I just had to share. Oh My.

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Post# 738263 , Reply# 1   2/28/2014 at 14:05 (2,393 days old) by HooverWheelAway ()        

I. Don't. Know. What. To. Say. :-/

Post# 738265 , Reply# 2   2/28/2014 at 14:30 (2,393 days old) by washdaddy (Baltimore)        
Fixed your link-

First time I've ever seen this style of console. Wonder if it's a B&W or color set?

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Post# 738271 , Reply# 3   2/28/2014 at 14:52 (2,393 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Geeze that's ugly though perfect for watching Wagon Train and Bonanza

Post# 738276 , Reply# 4   2/28/2014 at 15:13 (2,393 days old) by whirlaway (Hampton Virginia)        

I call that Whip-crack Away! Furniture. I can see Doris Day on that set in Calamity Jane.Well you could wheel it out on the patio when your grilling.Im pretty sure its B&W.Looks like something from the Price is Right circa 1964.

Post# 738278 , Reply# 5   2/28/2014 at 15:18 (2,393 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        

Ye Olde colonial TV!

From the period when everything got the colonial treatment! I have not seen this television before, but I have seen stereos built into faux dry sinks!

Post# 738281 , Reply# 6   2/28/2014 at 15:33 (2,393 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Tea is served!

First time I've seen a combination TV/tea cart.

Post# 738284 , Reply# 7   2/28/2014 at 15:43 (2,393 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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You find the most unique things, Cory - reminds me of the old Ethan Allen furniture showrooms in the 60s when Early American was popular(except with me). Conversation piece.

Post# 738300 , Reply# 8   2/28/2014 at 16:34 (2,393 days old) by bellalaundry (Hamilton, Canada)        
That tv

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is in such beautiful shape! If it was a little closer, I'd have a hard time not picking it up for $100.00.

I think our resident tv expert is Justin (countryford). It will be interesting to see if he knows anything about this one.


Post# 738305 , Reply# 9   2/28/2014 at 17:19 (2,393 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Oh MY!!!!

I remember the styling oh too well...My Mother and Aunt loved early american, probably one reason I despise it so,LOL!! EVERYTHING we had looked like this, and in old ugly maple no less!!!

Post# 738312 , Reply# 10   2/28/2014 at 17:43 (2,393 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Maybe for watching Ronald Reagan, on Death Valley Days....

Post# 738316 , Reply# 11   2/28/2014 at 18:18 (2,393 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Instead of portable, which implies being able to be carried, it is mobile with the wheels implying movement. It calls to mind a tea cart as much as a horse-drawn wagon. I'm surprised there is not a shelf on the left modeled on the driver's seat.

Here is a factoid about "Ye" as in "Ye old." It is not pronounced YEE, but rather th'. The Y-shaped letter is actually the old English letter Thorn which closely resembles a capital Y, but is not the same. Today it exists only in Icelandic. It fell out of use in machine-printed English because the letters for type were generally made outside of England so it was not in the character sets for printers.

Post# 738319 , Reply# 12   2/28/2014 at 18:25 (2,393 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Another Maple Hater Here:

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I grew up in a house full of this dreck - my mother adored maple. In addition, she was a pushover for anything that looked like something else - electric can openers that looked like cans of Heinz beans, cassette tape cases that looked like a row of books, etc.

I'm glad she never saw this TV for sale new - she'd have been so excited she'd have needed Depends just to get through signing the sales contract.

Post# 738323 , Reply# 13   2/28/2014 at 18:35 (2,393 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
not the biggest fan of Early American maple...

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...but when I see something "vintage" like this set that appears to be in beautiful shape, working or not, I think of the special people who took such great care with it as opposed to moving it to the garage, then to the backyard and finally to the dump.

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Post# 738328 , Reply# 14   2/28/2014 at 18:43 (2,393 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
What Brand..

Is it, Motorola/Admiral/Sylvania/?????

Post# 738332 , Reply# 15   2/28/2014 at 18:49 (2,393 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I thought of Admiral when I saw it based on the controls.

Mom had some maple in the den, but the dining room, living room and the master bedroom were Stickly or Thomasville Cherry which did not look like this. She did not have any of those sofas or chairs with the big upholsetered wings. Those were the kind of things you saw at stores with names like Furniture Barn.

Post# 738333 , Reply# 16   2/28/2014 at 18:49 (2,393 days old) by terryT ()        

In those days, when they called a TV "Portable" all it meant was that it had a handle. This seems much more practical! Until you get to the stairs, that is.

I'm going to guess that it's about 1965 and black and white. The screen's too large for the cabinet size to have been color for that era. It looks old enough that a color set would have been a roundie. Besides, there's not enough knobbage for color.

Me? I'd much prefer Danish Modern of the era.

Post# 738334 , Reply# 17   2/28/2014 at 18:54 (2,393 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Sort of thing that goes along with these lamps . Can't quite make out the name at the bottom right.. could be Zenith

Post# 738337 , Reply# 18   2/28/2014 at 19:06 (2,393 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Did anyone ever go into a Castro Convertibles showroom? When Columbia Mall opened in the mid 60s between Sears and Davison's at Memorial & Columbia Drives, there was a Castro in there. People used to walk through it and have enough fun that they could have sold tickets. There were lamps with water wheels turned by flowing water. There were hanging lamps with oil dripping down golden wires that formed the cage. Both lamps had pumps to move the liquids. There were other pieces of furniture and decor that were equally outlandish in both style and fabric color. It was the first time I had seen a coffee table with a bar that rose out of the middle.

Post# 738345 , Reply# 19   2/28/2014 at 19:28 (2,393 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        

All I can say about all the early American of the period... is that it was followed by Spanish Mediterranean with the distressed wood look! Talk about one extreme to the other!

Although not a fan of the look, this TV is interesting because it is so period and probably pretty rare, I don't recall ever seeing another.

But it is a large and statement piece for almost any room, it won't quite quietly hide in a corner amongst McMansion moderne or whatever the current design trend might be!

Post# 738350 , Reply# 20   2/28/2014 at 19:40 (2,393 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I don't even recall seeing a TV like this advertised anywhere, not in the Atlanta Journal newspaper nor in shelter mags. I do remember seeing those wagonwheel lighting fixtures, but not this. Maybe it was advertised in more hard core Country/Early American publications. This is needlessly cruel, but it looks like something Penny's would have marketed somewhere at least for a little while.

Post# 738351 , Reply# 21   2/28/2014 at 19:41 (2,393 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Considering there are members on here that "quietly hide" Foodaramas, Duomatics and a dozen washers & dryers, I don't think this "beverage cart" TV would be all that difficult, and it is on wheels. (just kidding with you of course)

Post# 738353 , Reply# 22   2/28/2014 at 19:46 (2,393 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Do you mean that it could be wheeled out on the patio and watched while the meal was prepared on the GE patio cart range? Going up and down steps might not be good for the TV unless it was lifted.

Post# 738355 , Reply# 23   2/28/2014 at 19:53 (2,393 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        

LOL, to both Joe and Tom!

Yes, it is hard collecting such large "trinkets" as refrigerators, stoves, washers, and dryers... they aren't easily hidden from friends and partners!

Post# 738362 , Reply# 24   2/28/2014 at 20:10 (2,393 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Well as horrific as it is I'd still buy it if it was here in town.

Post# 738377 , Reply# 25   2/28/2014 at 20:37 (2,393 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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Put me in the camp along with the rest of the early American haters, but there's something about this tea vee that's so over the top it lends the same sort of so-bad-it's-good appeal as a John Waters film.  Indeed, it would have been a great addition to Francine Fishpaw's living room, or that of most any other character Divine portrayed for him.


Definitely a B&W without a UHF option -- there are only 12 windows on the channel indicator.

Post# 738409 , Reply# 26   3/1/2014 at 00:39 (2,392 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Wheelbarrow TV!First for me-never seen a TV like this.Use it in your garden-haul bags of fertilizer on the top?Does it have an optional mortar mixing tray and hoe?

Post# 738449 , Reply# 27   3/1/2014 at 08:12 (2,392 days old) by 112561 (River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
It's a Packard Bell

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Tea Cart television. Came in 23 and 25", available in color later on, from what I get in this link:


Post# 738559 , Reply# 28   3/1/2014 at 16:54 (2,392 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

is probably my favorite wood - but not in the common "Early American" finish. I had a couple pieces in my bedroom when I was a kid that had that orangy-brown stain.

Post# 738560 , Reply# 29   3/1/2014 at 16:58 (2,392 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
I love kitschy decor like that...

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while we have classic MCM '60s Swedish teak in the LR & DR etc., I've set aside the den for our own special celebration of '50s Early American Revival, right down to the black eagle on the pine panel wall, dough-box magazine collector, highboy-hutch, hobnail lights, beer trays and glider-rocker with wings (still looking for just the right Eagle & Liberty Bell fabric for the cushions or drapes)... everything in glorious hard rock maple! Yes it's deco-kitsch personified, but even though it's somewhat tongue-in-cheek, there's something about it that warms the cockles of my heart. I guess it's because it was everywhere growing up, and I had a good childhood. Most people, at least in much of the country, had family, relatives, friends and neighbors that had EM decor, and even Pam Kuehber over at has written about it, along with knotty pine kitchens, which I also happen to love. It's all about home, hearth, warmth and nostalgia in some funny way. And after all, it's easy to display good taste, but cheesy can be fun too! Baltimoreans tend to be off kilter: John Waters, Frank Zappa, EA Poe), so that must explain my love of EM.

BTW: funny mention of John Waters, both he and Divine (Glenn Milstead - RIP) went to my high school in Towson, 2 yrs ahead of me, and Pink Flamingos was filmed on the farm of a friend of mine out in Hampstead. Another friend lived the the same Apt building as John, off Mt Royal Ave in Balto in the early 70s... love JW, he's coolest guy ever.

Post# 738565 , Reply# 30   3/1/2014 at 17:14 (2,392 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

We had pine paneling in the kitchen and den of the 1955 house. What was the purpose of the peculiar grooving with a curved dip and then some sharp ridges at the edge of each piece? Was it just someone's idea of decorative accent because otherwise the planks would be flat? The kitchen cabinets were stick built pine, but did not have the same grooving pattern.

I like the little gray tire on the outside of the wooden wheel on the TV cart. Do you suppose it was original equipment?

Post# 738571 , Reply# 31   3/1/2014 at 17:42 (2,392 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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The fluted/grooved edge was just decorative, giving a wall some surface interest. The stuff is called Pickwick paneling, and it's still available, should anyone be hell-bent on recreating a '50s knotty pine kitchen.

The house I grew up in had Pickwick paneling in two rooms, and the fronts of the kitchen cabinets were made of it as well.

Post# 738614 , Reply# 32   3/1/2014 at 20:24 (2,392 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

That's it exactly. Thank you very much.

Post# 738615 , Reply# 33   3/1/2014 at 20:31 (2,392 days old) by xraytech (Rural southwest Pennsylvania )        

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I absolutely love that TV, if it were close to me I'd buy in an instant.
Myself, unlike most everyone else in this thread loves maple furniture in the Early American style. I have always loved the Early American furnishings of my grandparents, one grandma had mostly Ethan Allen maple, only non maple furniture is a Sears open hearth bedroom.
My other grandmother has a Victorian full of Tell City maple from the Young Republic collection.
This tea cart tv would be 100% at home in my living room and it's little old lady decor I love

Post# 738655 , Reply# 34   3/2/2014 at 03:11 (2,391 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

I always used to call Early American Maple stained furniture "Newlyweds" furniture.
Because a lot of newlyweds had this stuff as their first furniture sets, complete with "milk glass" table lamps. I think 1963-66 was the prime era for this stuff.

I don't think that television could be very portable. If you look at the photos closely you will see that there isn't an axle between the wheels. The wheels are connected to the cabinet only. I think moving a set of this size on those wheels would overstress the joint that holds the wheels on.

But I do think this is a great example of MCM over the top design. Cule this be what one of our German members would call a "Frankenstein Coffin Cabinet"? Or would that be a combination stereo and television?

Post# 738671 , Reply# 35   3/2/2014 at 06:44 (2,391 days old) by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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I have never seen this tv before. One link posted mentions it as a Packard Bell. I do have a Packard Bell from that era that looks close to it, but without the wagon wheels.
I would purchase it, if it were closer to me, or if I was in MN visiting.

Post# 739085 , Reply# 36   3/3/2014 at 18:46 (2,390 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        
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You mentioned John Waters and Divine. Many years ago at the video rental store (remember them?) we came across this movie titled Female Trouble. Had never heard of it before and had no idea who Divine was. We thought it looked interesting. I just about wet myself the first time I watched it. Right now Im laughing as I think about it!

The Christmas morning scene where Dawn Davenport's mother ends up on the floor with the Christmas tree on top of her is classic! I guess that type of humor isnt for everyone but I find it very funny.

Post# 739087 , Reply# 37   3/3/2014 at 18:49 (2,390 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Oh, Ralph!

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"tea vee"

I am ashamed I didn't think of that one! ;)

Post# 739219 , Reply# 38   3/4/2014 at 11:31 (2,389 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Was the Picwick treatment done to any panneling other than pine?

Post# 739284 , Reply# 39   3/4/2014 at 18:25 (2,389 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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I've never seen Pickwick paneling in any other wood besides pine, but that doesn't mean it didn't exist. Remember that I grew up in the midcentury years when knotty pine was all the rage in kitchens and dens, so that's where I got my familiarity with the Pickwick stuff.

I would suspect that it was not made in more expensive woods such as walnut, because of that deep fluting - milling that flute into walnut would have made quite a lot of extravagantly-priced sawdust.

Sorry not to have a more definitive answer.

Post# 739343 , Reply# 40   3/4/2014 at 22:25 (2,389 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        
Danes and Ye

Agreed, terryT. The Danish Modern of that time was much nicer. My grandparents had a dining room set with matching side table and desk. I never did think much of that kind of Early American.

Thanks, Tom. I was wondering if I were the only grammar bitch here. If I remember correctly, 'Old-fashioned' English became popular briefly in the 1800's and a capital thorn in cursive looked like a 'y', especially if written sloppily. People just assumed it was a 'y' and went with it.

To complicate matters, there really was/is a word "ye", pronounced "YEE". It is the second person plural pronoun. 'ye' is the subject, like 'I'. 'you' is for direct and indirect object. If I were talking to my 3 kids, I'd say,"I'm giving YOU these books so YE can use them in school." Today, of course, we just use 'you' for everything.

Thou/thee is actually used like 'tu' in the romance languages and 'du' in German.
"Thou" is subject only, like "I". "Thee" is object only, like "me". It's easy to remember. Just think of "I" vs. "me" Match it up like I have it below and you will ALWAYS be right.

I -- thou
me -- thee
my -- thy
mine -- thine

And yes, today when people use it on tv or in books, it's wrong most of the time. Sorry, it's a pet peeve I have. Hearing  'thou' and 'thee' used wrong is like nails on a chalkboard.  

The character Compo, in the Britcom Last of the Summer Wine, used it correctly.


Ok, grammar lesson is over. Laughing

Post# 739353 , Reply# 41   3/4/2014 at 23:01 (2,389 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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Isn't/wasn't the Quaker Oats slogan, "Nothing is better for thee than me?" 


Seems kind of pompous after reading the post above.

Post# 739374 , Reply# 42   3/5/2014 at 03:39 (2,388 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Pickwick panels-If you want to MAKE your own Pickwick panels-you can----Go to Woodmaster tools and order their Planer-molder-saw.This machine will allow you to recreate this type of paneling from your own lumber you cut on the related TimberKing portable sawmill.So if you have some unwanted trees in your yard-saw them down and instead of chipping them or burning them make your own paneling or other moldings.The Woodmaster machine can cut,plane and shape the wood.-on one machine.Sort of want some of these-would be kinda fun for those wood cutter folks-I like to do that on occasion-but these devices aren't cheap.If you are trying to recreate molding from the past-Woodmaster can fabricate the knives for you from a molding sample.I wsould sort of like to do this with those HORRIBLE tall pines in my yard that make a mess-make wall panels from them!!!I like panels-women usually liked wallpaper.I have hung LOTS of paneling-but have not done wallpaper.Worked with a contractor at one time and did panel jobs.With plywood panels-didn't take long.Plank panels take longer.

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