Today I'm offering for sale four TV Guides from the Golden Age of Television featuring Robert Montgomery, Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, Victor Borge, and Gunsmoke on the front cover. From 1948 through the 1950’s, some of the greatest TV shows found their way into the living rooms of millions of families across the country. From comedies to westerns, soap operas, cartoons, children's shows, mysteries, educational shows, music and specials and everything in between parents were never afraid to let their kids watch TV mainly because they watched TV together. The four TV Guides are listed below with some of the shows featured for that week:
1. Jan. 29th thru Feb. 4th, 1954, Volume 2, Number 5; Philadelphia Edition; Featured on the cover is actor and director, Robert Montgomery; Stories---High Paid TV Performers---The Pantomime Quiz Show---The Garry Moore Show---and Gisele MacKenzie; Top shows for the week were---Liberace---Fort Worth Rodeo---Dangerous Assignment---Bishop Fulton J. Sheen---Superman---Boston Blackie---Cisco Kid---and Dragnet---and many more. *Condition: Covers--Good condition; light wear to front and back covers, tiny tear right edge back cover, wear at corners, and address label. *Inside pages—Very good condition.
2. December 8th thru 14th, 1954, Volume 4, Number 49; Philadelphia Edition; Featured on the cover is Victor Borge, comedian and pianist; Stories---Men of West Point---NBCs Youth Wants to Know---The Mickey Mouse Club's Joyce Holden---Victor Borge---The Bob Cummings Show---Arthur Godfrey's star Carmel Quinn---and the Voice of Firestone; Top shows for the week were---Jim Bowie---Alfred Hitchcock---Rin Tin Tin---The Steve Allen Show---1957 National Auto Show---The Walter Winchell Show---The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet---and many more. *Condition: Covers—Fair condition, piece missing from the bottom right front corner, wear at top front corner, wear to the covers, small light stains on back cover; *Inside Pages: Very good condition, writing in ink on crossword puzzle.
3. January 25th thru 31st, 1958, Volume 6, Number 4; New England Edition; Featured on the cover is Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, the King and Queen of variety shows; Stories---David Susskind--- Dennis Weaver (Chester) of Gunsmoke fame---actress Chroma Key---World-traveler Lowell Thomas---the George Gobel---and Eddie Fisher; Top shows for the week were---Cloak and dagger--- Circus Boy---Mr. Adam and Eve---The Bob Cummings Show---the debut of Sea Hunt---My Friend Flicka---Sid Caesar Show---Perry Mason---The Frank Sinatra Show---The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show---Zorro---and many more. *Condition: Covers—Good condition; Address label on front cover, light wear at corners, Tear at the bottom of the spine, light wear to covers and corners; *Inside pages: Very good condition.
4. Dated March 15th thru March 21st , 1958, Volume 6, Number 11; Philadelphia Edition; Featured on the cover are Matt Dillon and Miss. Kitty from the number one TV western “Gunsmoke”; Stories---Stars of Gunsmoke---Exercising with Bonnie Prudden---Dick Clark and American Bandstand---Patrice Munsel of the Met---The Pat Boone Show---and the Quiz show “To tell The Truth”; Top shows for the week were---The Big Rascals---Monday and Friday Night Boxing---The Patti Page Show---Zorro---Shower of Stars---Disneyland's Magic and Music---I Love Lucy---the Mickey Mouse Club---and many more. *Condition: Covers---Fair+ condition; Wear to the spine, front and back covers, tears along the spine, wear to the corners; Inside pages: Very good condition; writing in pencil on crossword puzzle.
A special gift for anyone who grew up in during the Golden Age of Television. These TV Guides will bring back some fond memories of their childhood. After they see the TV Guides ask them about, antennas, no remote controls, only five stations to choose from, tin foil, rabbit ears, snow, the picture of the Indian on the screen, going off the air at 1:00 am and coming back on at 6:00 am, climbing on the roof as mom tells dad which way to move the antenna, knowing the first name of the TV repairman, testing the tubes when one burnt out, black and white, the screen flipping during a show, or the worst thing that could ever happen, “losing the TV Guide”. There will surely be some great answers and lots of laughs.
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