Sunday, March 17, 2013

"The Twonky"

A very silly television show I saw when I was seven years old, in 1953:  

The actor was Hans Conreid.  He played a professor whose wife was leaving him alone for a few days to help her sister have a baby.  Before she left, she bought him a television to keep him company.

This little television was very strange.  First, it lit the professor's cigarette for him:

 Then it proceeds to follow him around the house.

Here it is climbing the stairs:

The television was called "The Twonky".  As I said, it was pretty silly.  In case you want to see it, here is a bit from YouTube.  It will give you a taste of what television was like in the 1950s! 

After my sister and I saw this show with my parents, it became a kind of family joke.  Anytime an appliance acted up in our house, we started calling it "the twonky".  


Pam said...

Uniquely 50's!! More than anything I remember the ads from that era ie. Ipana Toothpaste with Bucky Beaver - "Brusha, brusha, brusha..."...and Ponds cold cream.

judy in ky said...

And the dancing Alka Seltzer tablet, and the dancing cigarette package. When I was ten, I saw Times Square where a sign blew out smoke rings!