This is Just a Test!

People are always putting photos of objects out of the past on Facebook to evoke memories of a gentler time. I was checking out the history of a famous line of cheap guitars and came across a test pattern from the early days of television broadcasting. I remember that TV stations were only on the air from mid-afternoon to around midnight during the 1950s and at some time before they came on, and maybe after they signed off, they put one of these patterns on. I haven’t a clue about what purpose they served but I do recall sitting in front of our old Crosley black and white table model TV and staring at the pattern in wild anticipation of the Howdy Doody show coming on. “Hey kids, what time is it?”

TV Test Pattern

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