This week's episode of the Our History, Our Memories video series looks at the introduction of Taree's first television.
Dawn and Peter Calvin decided to install a television at the front of their store, Calvin's Electrical, in the late 1950s.
With a 40 feet antenna standing on top of the roof, the television produced a black and white (and sometimes snowy) picture transmitted from Sydney stations.
"It (the television) was in a big timber frame and the picture was only 15 inches square," Dawn explained.
To the benefit of the public, speakers were placed outside of the store.
The complete cinematic experience consistently drew a crowd to the front of the store during the day and night.
The picture quality was improved once the transmission was taken from Newcastle.
Be sure to visit our website at 8pm every Wednesday for the latest video in the series. The series is a collaboration between Manning River Times and MidCoast Stories.
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