Television set

Do you remember renting a TV from a Bolton store?

In this photo we see the old box-style TVs that were the first to appear on the shelves.

There were several TV stores in the Bolton area and many people rented their TVs rather than buying them.

When Queen Elizabeth was crowned in 1953, not everyone had a TV to watch the show.

Families have gathered in the homes of the lucky ones to own a TV, making it quite a special occasion for the whole street.

Electronic television was first demonstrated successfully in San Francisco on September 7, 1927.

The system was designed by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, a 21-year-old inventor who lived in a house without electricity until he was 14.

Television in the UK began in 1936 as a public service without advertising.

We would love to hear from you if you have any memories of television in the early days.

Were you the first family on the street to have a TV or maybe you didn’t see one until your teenage years.

Do you remember renting a TV from a store rather than buying one and what were you doing before TV became a form of entertainment?

We know that in Bolton there were dozens of theaters and cinemas that were responsible for entertaining the vast majority of our more mature readers.

The highlight of their week was a trip to the movies on a Saturday morning or a visit to the Churchgate Theater in Bolton, followed by a pastie from Ye Olde Pastie Shoppe which would remain open to feed the audience.

Contact Gayle McBain on 01204 537269 or email [email protected] with your memories and we’ll include them in Looking Back.

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