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The Day Before Yesterday: 101 - The Arrival Of Telly

...They were only black and white sets but a change after only having the radio. The children's eyes seemed riveted to the screen no matter what was showing. I was keen on David going to bed early as he needed so much sleep but I learned later he used to creep downstairs and quietly slide under the table to watch a film his older brothers had been allowed to stay up to watch...

Gladys Schofield recalls the arrival of the "telly'' in English homes.

We had a good covering of snow that Winter and I thought of the countryside we had left behind and was very pleased we wouldn't be snowed in for the week.

Although the main roads were cleared overnight by the snow plough, our little cul-de-sac had a covering of about ten inches. Cliff had had a job getting his small motorbike up there this morning. Our smallest son, after we had cleared a path to the gate, enthusiastically set about making a single spade width or should I say 'coal shovel', in a line to the top of the road. This was 'for his Dad' he said, just wide enough to take his bike wheel. Most of the snow had turned to water by the time Cliff did come home but he meant well and it was a big effort for a little lad.

A new invention had been finding its way around the neighbourhood when Susan was three. She had come home after playing with a little friend in the house two doors above us, saying "She had watched 'The Wooden Tops' on a 'telly'", she called it. We knew what she was talking about as Alan and Rod were already inquiring when we could have one. They could be rented quite reasonable and it wasn't long before we got our set. A bad move really as the tennis finals were on at that time and all Alan's friends would crowd in after school to watch them.

They were only black and white sets but a change after only having the radio. The children's eyes seemed riveted to the screen no matter what was showing. I was keen on David going to bed early as he needed so much sleep but I learned later he used to creep downstairs and quietly slide under the table to watch a film his older brothers had been allowed to stay up to watch.

Sport was also on at the weekends so I began to wonder if this had been a good move after all as there seemed to be only one programme in the afternoons.

Lena had a little boy two years after her daughter, he was called John after his dad. We all called him 'Little John', a name that stuck throughout his life.

Hoover washing machines were doing a big promotion. You could try them in your own home before purchasing them. They were the twin tub models. Lena tried one for a week and washed everything during those few days, then told them she wasn't satisfied with it and asked them to take it back. I wonder how many people did the same.

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