TV in the past

Owning a television set in the 60s and 70s was probably like a luxury but now it’s like a necessity. Just like nowadays, buying a 21″ CRT tube tv is so difficult as most are selling those LCDs or Plasma type!

Our second TV in the past (70s) are something like this one; 

It was considered very grand to have a box liked fixture to contain the TV. The box can be closed by sliding a door. Most TVs channels are selected by turning a knob.

Here are some samples of the advertisements in the newspapers on TVs in the 60s;

Some of the popular brands are Siera, Setron, Sharp, National and Telefunken.

Not many people owned a TV set at home in the 60s and the early 70s. So some of them gathered at the community centres to watch their favourite TV programmes ;

 Photo Credit : National Archives of Singapore.

Needless to say, our first TV set was Black and White, then slowly changed to a coloured TV set. The first generation of coloured TV was horrible – I mean the colour quality compared to now.

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10 Responses to “TV in the past”


  1. 1 HamBearGer Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 5:30 am

    My family first TV was a Sharp, similar to the one in the picture. The TV as a screen door which can be locked. Purpose? To prevent naughty boys from wtaching too much TV during exam time!
    The first colour TV we had was Grundig. Colour is not so bad.

  2. 2 Lam Chun See Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 5:59 am

    Our first brand was Siera I think. Grunding was like high-end ‘branded’ product. Do you recall a local brand called Setron?

  3. 3 HamBearGer Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Grundig was only slightly more expensive than Japanese brands. My sister insist on buying Grundig because the brand has the best colour quality.
    Setron used to have a factory at Commonwealth Ave, the place where Haw Par Technocentre now stand.

  4. 4 laokokok Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 12:32 am

    Wondering why most TVs have brands starting with S haha? Remembered when color TV first started, the color was not that good.

  5. 5 peter Friday, March 16, 2007 at 11:24 am

    I think we got our black & white TV in 1963 from Kee Huat Radio Sdn Bhd down in Orchard Road – a Blapunkt. Then in 1970 we got our colored TV a Telefunken that cost S$2,000. MY father preferred European brands because he felt the Japanese brands were inferior in workmanship.

    I don’t know why the design in those days were “cabinet-styled” with four legs. You could place a flower vase or frame-up pictures on top of the TV console. Sometimes you had an open shelve at the bottom to house the mangazines/newspapers. Maybe the designer tried to incorporate the TV as part of the household furniture.

    I loved the turning knob for channel selection – you could turn 180 degrees. Then the push-button type replaced the knob.

    When the TV “kong out”, the company despateched the servicemen to our house. It was fun to see the repairemen taking out the panels of the TV. If the TV could not be repaired, then our evening became very quite and boring.

    My favorite programs were a) Shintaro, a samurai program dubbed in English, b) Lassie, c) Tom & Jerry, d) Father Knows Best and e) Alfred Hitchcock’s Half Hour. Later when colored TV came, I preferred Wonder Woman – you know the reason right?

  6. 6 laokokok Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Peter, do you remember the English show dubbed in Cantonese about a man who can fly. Can’t recall it’s show title, can you?

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