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Television of Yesteryear

How it works… Television
Edwards and Rogers

I am quite certain our friends in the UK will be familiar with the Ladybird books. I lived in the UK for a couple of years when my children were small, and our home was filled with these books.  My kids loved them. Lots of detail and great illustrations. However, like most nonfiction about technology, it needs to be retired at some point. I do love the illustration of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding as an example of event television.


More technology for kids:

Cool and Cordless!

Call Me!

What Makes TV Work?

You’ll put your eye out

3 Responses to Television of Yesteryear

  • Ah yes, I remember it well! People collect these old Ladybird books and I’m sure there would be many people (here in the UK anyway) who’d love it

  • You know, until about five years ago there really wasn’t much reason to weed this; the clothes and hairstyles in the illustrations might’ve been outdated, but the physics of television broadcasting hadn’t really changed much since colour came in back in the 60s. But then LCD screens happened and people started experimenting with video-on-demand over the internet, and things didn’t snowball so much as they avalanched, and I’m pretty sure network television as we understand the term today will be totally extinct in the near future.

    Kind of striking, really.

  • Space Invaders! This book and others like it remind me of one my brother and I had in our early teens about how various things work. One chapter was devoted to console video games, mainly Atari 2600, and opened up with an intro describing Atari 2600 Pac-Man as being “almost alive as he gobbles up dots and avoids hungry monsters”. We were all into Nintendo by that time so even back then my brother and I thought it was hilarious, and any retro gamer knows Pac-Man for the Atari 2600 was second to E.T. as being one of the most awful games ever.