|1956 Westinghouse TV|
I know some of you may find this hard to believe, but back then we had to get up from our chairs to turn the tv on, change the channel, or the volume. This is a really nice tv set with an outside antenna. Some had "rabbit ear" antenna on top of the set that had to be adjusted as well. The tv usually had, along with the channel knob, a fine tuning dial that had to be adjusted in order to get a better picture (kind of like focusing a camera). One similarity between tvs of yesterday and today...There wasn't anything on then either.
TV stations would sign-off for the day, depending on the station usually after midnight, and would not begin broadcasting again until morning, around 5am. Between those times, often, all you would see was this test pattern: