Do You Remember Life Before...

...the TV remote control?
(Zenith Space Command, 1956)
TV remote

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Posted by CJ at 7:06 am (PDT) on Sat May 16, 2015   
In the 50's and early 60's we had a "Voice Activated " remote for the the TV. Dad would say, "change the channel" or "turn it up" and one of us kids would get up and do it.
Posted by GlenEllyn at 1:01 pm (PDT) on Thu October 25, 2012   
I recall that one of my friends had a TV with a remote - but the remote was wired. The wire was sometimes a tripping hazard, but the advantage was you couldn't lose the remote!
Posted by joemike at 10:49 am (PST) on Fri January 22, 2010   
you change the chanel if you had several quarters and shook them.
Posted by Duff at 4:42 pm (PDT) on Mon October 5, 2009   
I had a Zenith TV in the 70's whose remote apparently STILL worked on (high frequency) tones. The TV would often turn off if I sneezed.
Posted by skizix at 12:42 pm (PDT) on Mon October 5, 2009   
In the 60's my cousin had an early remote control -- two buttons: on/off, channel advance. It actually rang a tone, and the TV Dial physically advanced via servo motor.

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