Welcome to Australia's only Vintage Radio and Television discussion forums. You are not logged in. Please log in below, apply for an account or retrieve your password.
Australian Vintage Radio Forums
  Home  ·  About Us  ·  Discussion Forums  ·  Services Directory  ·  Safety Warnings  ·  Tutorials

Vintage Television

Forum home - Go back to Vintage Television

 TV lamps from the 1950s
« Back · 1 · 2 · Next »
 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 4:15:35 PM on 22 January 2017.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Cromer, NSW
 Member since 1 May 2016
 Member #: 1919
 Postcount: 564

TV lamps from the 50's and 60"s

Hello all, So you have that classic TV set that you searched for ages to find and you struggled with the schematics for weeks on end,, squinting at the components and blaming the bad lighting in the room for the wrinkles it has coursed under your eyes and now the tv is finished and there it sits proudly in the corner of the room for all to see.

Now all you need is a classic 50s TV lamp and a 50s Antenna.

Here are some of my TV lamps that would of been sitting on top of many TVs during the 50"s & 60"s
Its been a pretty crappy week here in oz and a bit light hearted fun would be good.

I have been collecting 50s 60s Items for about 16 years ,in fact thats all I have in the house ,no mod cons here.Im sure that there are some people here , on this site that will remember going into peoples homes too fix their tv sets and seeing these lamps sitting on top of the television sets
All the following lamps are original and some nearing 60 years old now.

 photo 20170121_143014_zpscckxjmeb.jpg


BARSONY LAMPS

Barsony Lamps from the 50s come in many designs. The most comon being her leaning on a coconut nut tree. These lamps are a real favourite with the new kids on the bloclk,,say under 35 and depending on what model lamp you have it can bring amazing amounts of money for a lamp.The market is flooded with copies ,buyer beware! ,This one I have is an original Barsony and of a rare design.
The nick name was the Black Lady Lamp.

 photo 20170121_113003_zpscrcb5wy4.jpg

RIBBON LAMPS
Ribbon Lamps from the 1950s were very popular,,but to find a good one today after 60s is very hard because they are so delicate. Both these have their original ribbon. If you have one of these and need to clean it,,Its best never to touch the ribbon so ,,,put some dish washing liquid on top of it and put it in a warm shower,,,without the wiring.,,put it in the sun and ribbon dries tight again.I have many ribbon lamps ,but these two I like very much.


 photo 20170121_144427_zpswk9h1z5s.jpg

ANODISED LAMPS
Anodised lamps were everywhere in the 60s and 50s , the most wild designs were from the 50s and many would project a pattern on the wall .These two are from 1958 and were made be JET AGE.

 photo 20170121_113549_zpsaxsadftp.jpg

 photo 20170121_115054_zps1lnsja7m.jpg

THE SMOKING ASHTRAYS .
We all know smoking is a silly habit but how ridiculous is the 1950s smoking ashtary ,, look at those lips puffing out the smoke,,,madness

 photo 20170121_125403_zpstcovqavp.jpg

Well there are some of the crazy things that would sit on tv sets in the 1950s

All the best ,, pete.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 4:58:29 PM on 22 January 2017.
Johnny's Gravatar
 Location: Hobart, TAS
 Member since 31 July 2016
 Member #: 1959
 Postcount: 141

Things on top of the television were a TV technician's nightmare.
Especially if they were precious.(old glass covered photos and crystal bits)
And didn't we just love the pot plants!!!
A lovely lamp collection, and well worth the effort.
JJ


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 5:10:48 PM on 22 January 2017.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Cromer, NSW
 Member since 1 May 2016
 Member #: 1919
 Postcount: 564

G day JJ,

Thank you, pot plants on TVs,,hmm people do silly things,,very hard to get the water stain off, not to metion the water dripping down the back of the set,,,,,all the best,,pete.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 8:24:56 PM on 22 January 2017.
Johnny's Gravatar
 Location: Hobart, TAS
 Member since 31 July 2016
 Member #: 1959
 Postcount: 141

Oh! forgot to add The "plastic grapes" that everyone seemed to have!.
Smile
JJ


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 2:16:04 PM on 24 January 2017.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Cromer, NSW
 Member since 1 May 2016
 Member #: 1919
 Postcount: 564

JJ probably tasted better than the crappy fruit Woolies sells now,
Pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 1:08:03 PM on 30 January 2017.
Sue's avatar
 Sue
 Location: Daylesford, VIC
 Member since 13 January 2011
 Member #: 809
 Postcount: 256

Nice. I've got one of the three-legged Jetage lamps with the adjustable globe-mounted shade that tends to flop down with the smaller modern light globes. Mine's gold anodised, but they also came in red.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 2:32:52 PM on 30 January 2017.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Cromer, NSW
 Member since 1 May 2016
 Member #: 1919
 Postcount: 564

. Sue,
Hi Sue, yes they came in blue, gold,green, silver , red, The red was the most common. Wash them in
Dishwashing liquid and then a dry off , put Armorall on them and they look new again,
All the best pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 9:58:34 PM on 6 February 2017.
Irext's Gravatar
 Location: Werribee South, VIC
 Member since 30 September 2016
 Member #: 1981
 Postcount: 31

One TV top item I frequently had to ask customers to remove were large plastic gondolas. Over flowing pot plants caused a lot of failures also. Kneeling behind tellies is why my knees are shot now.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 12:13:47 AM on 7 February 2017.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Cromer, NSW
 Member since 1 May 2016
 Member #: 1919
 Postcount: 564

Im still kneeling behind tellies except I praying I can fix the bloody thing.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 8:03:19 AM on 7 February 2017.
Johnny's Gravatar
 Location: Hobart, TAS
 Member since 31 July 2016
 Member #: 1959
 Postcount: 141

Not to mention kneeling behind televisions, directly in pet poo!
Had to return home for shower and change of clothes.
Done several times Smile
JJ


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 10:53:18 AM on 7 February 2017.
Ian Robertson's Gravatar
 Location: Belrose, NSW
 Member since 31 December 2015
 Member #: 1844
 Postcount: 578

Yes Irext, my knees too, for same reason!

That, and a bad back, is the reason the Kriesler colour set is still on the floor in the family room unfinished.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 3:01:52 PM on 7 February 2017.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Cromer, NSW
 Member since 1 May 2016
 Member #: 1919
 Postcount: 564

I maybe biased as I have a soft spot for Kriesler Tvs and Radiograms ,but I believe Kriesler made the best units. I have a few of them and the finish of the Cabinets were the best that Ive seen, The one pictured above us in this thread is a 1962 model and thats its original finish. Still looks new after all these years. I have 2 trades and one is in furniture finishing and restoation and if I compare Kriesler finishes and Cabinet quality to other brands of the same Era,, kriesler Wins hand down.

At the moment I'm restoring my 1960 Kriesler radiogram and although I'm giving it a re- finish due to crazing. The veneer ,staining and cabinet workmanship is high quality which alows me to give it a re- finish with out disturbing the original stain etc etc.
This means that when its finshed you wont know ive been there and it will look as it did and original.

All the best ,,pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 4:51:47 PM on 7 February 2017.
GTC's avatar
 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
 Member #: 823
 Postcount: 3919

I maybe biased as I have a soft spot for Kriesler Tvs and Radiograms ,but I believe Kriesler made the best units

My parents had a preference for Kriesler. The multisonic radiograms sounded great. The family Krielser TV lasted for years. I took it with me when I moved into my own digs.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 12:02:04 PM on 8 February 2017.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Cromer, NSW
 Member since 1 May 2016
 Member #: 1919
 Postcount: 564

. G
Hi G, well you've seen some of my Kriesler stuff . Your parents would of probably liked some of my old Krieslers.
,,,pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 3:34:31 PM on 8 February 2017.
Irext's Gravatar
 Location: Werribee South, VIC
 Member since 30 September 2016
 Member #: 1981
 Postcount: 31

Even the Kriesler colour tellies had nice cabinets. My Auntie had a Kreisler 26" with a Philips K12 chassis in it IIRC.

The cabinet had timber roll doors which came in from both sides to completely cover the screen and control panel.

I kept it going long past it's use by date as it had sentimental value. The final nail in it's coffin was the failure of the channel tuning IC which was obsolete. It had electronic tuning long before anyone else.

As an apprentice in the 70s the company I worked for sold Healing and HMV colour TV's with the C211 and later the C221 chassis. Horribly unreliable they were but as a result I learned very quickly.

The cabinets on those were also very nicely made with real timber finishes whereas the Rank Arena's, Sanyo's etc had plastic veneer which peeled off after a while.

Especially if they were near a window with the sun on them.


 
« Back · 1 · 2 · Next »
 You need to be a member to post comments on this forum.

Time and Date

Official time: 00:27 (GMT + 10)
Sunday, 24th September, 2017.

Sign In

Username:
Password:
 Keep me logged in.
Do not tick box on a computer with public access.

Glossary

Vintage Radio and Television's glossary contains the definitions for dozens of words and phrases.

Outside links

On our free links page there are dozens of other vintage radio-related websites which may be of interest to you. Everything from national vintage radio clubs to personal and business websites is included. Outside links.