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Picturing the Past 164: 1976 electronics

Posted Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at 3:13 PM

From left, Ricky Davis, Randy Carroll and Roger Vannatta at Kincaid Service Co. in 1976. (T-G file photo)
Whew! I braved the uncooled T-G attic and finally scanned several weeks' worth of new old photos.

Here's a glance at state-of-the-art electronics circa winter 1976 at Kincaid Service Co. I think they were still in the little house-like building on Deery Street then.

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From left are Ricky Davis, Randy Carroll, and Roger Vannatta, surrounded by TVs and stereo systems. It doesn't seem that long ago that the old furniture-like TVs were the norm as opposed to today's big-screens. And we once thought those pictured were large screens...

To the right are stereo systems containing turntables. Remember record albums? And not a CD player in sight (they were still a few years away).

Further back, those are aftermarket car stereo components, which for the most part didn't come close to today's high-powered systems (never thought I'd have a 12-speaker factory system...). By 1976 cassettes were beginning to take the lead from eight-tracks.

Back in the late 1970s it seemed like Jensen systems with Jensen Triaxial speakers were the big modifications.

Today's entertainment devices are so advanced compared to the mid-1970s...but, you know, I think we who were there enjoyed them just as much as today's.

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David, thanks for the time and effort you put into Picturing the Past. It was really enjoyable to take that walk down memory lane and we are all the richer for it. The same goes for Bo and the Shelbyville Mills blog.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 6:37 AM

I still have that TV! Well, maybe not THAT one, but it sure looks the same.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 12:39 PM

There have been a myriad of advances in technology in my lifetime but I think the advances in electronics have to be number 1.

-- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 6:33 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.