Stratford Square Mall, Bloomingdale Illinois
‘america’s favourite’ by ralph goings (it’s a painting, incredibly).
Robert Adams, from Summer Nights, Walking: Along the Colorado Front Range, 1976–1982 (Yale University Art Gallery / Aperture, 2009) Adams,
60′s Waynesboro, Pennsylvania Christmas Tree
Test cards (or test patterns) of old. Ah, I remember the 7th one best. Of course, on our 1970s television it didn’t look as sharp—more like image 8. Young people: imagine having to wait for a cartoon or movie to start on TV, and seeing this test card. The image was like a promise: like some kind of foreplay. As you were waiting, you studied the colors, the shapes, the patterns, you started seeing things the way you see figures in clouds—and just then the show started.
Test Card F (image 5) is probably the most famous one.
70′s/80′s Local Television Christmas/Happy Holidays/Season’s Greetings Station IDs/Bumpers
1. WGN-TV, Chicago, Illinois, 1979
2. KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, California, unknown year
3. WCBS-TV, New York City, New York, 1988
4. WGBH-TV, Boston, Massachusetts, 1987
5. KXTV-TV, Sacramento/Stockton, California, 1989
6. KTSM-TV, El Paso, Texas, 1987
7. WJBK-TV, Detroit, Michigan, 1989
8. KERO-TV, Bakersfield, California, unknown year
9. WNBC-TV, New York City, New York, 1983
10. WLS-TV, Chicago, Illinois, 1981
11. WTTW-TV, Chicago, Illinois, 1977
12. WTVF-TV, Nashville, Tennessee, 70′s
13. WGN-TV, Chicago, Illinois, 1979
14. KCPQ, Tacoma, Washington, 1982
15. KING-TV, Seattle, Washington, 1982
whatever this old school ridged style of sign is called – I’m into it