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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Patrick Shouse just bought a new television for his apartment. That is, if a TV built in 1949 can really be considered new.
Shouse bought the TV, which was made by the Stromberg-Carlson Company, after seeing an ad on Craigslist, where he makes some extra cash buying and selling stuff.
The old TV is quite a piece of furniture — it’s made of mahogany, has a 24-inch screen and weighs 120 pounds. He got it from a man who was preparing his elderly father’s home for sale. The TV had been in storage for decades and, other than a cracked screen, was still in decent shape.
Shouse, 27, plugged in the set and the screen slowly illuminated, until it got so hot, he was afraid it might catch fire.
“They used to say that it was dangerous for kids to sit too close to it,” he said. “Radiation and stuff.”
He checked with a TV repair shop about getting the thing to work, but nobody has any parts for such an old set, which actually predates Roanoke’s first television stations by three years.
The set barely fit into his girlfriend’s Scion, a boxy vehicle that turned out to be the perfect shape for hauling such a big piece of furniture. Jacklyn Thomas, 25, said she’s used to her boyfriend bringing home odd items he finds on Craigslist, but she said, “this was the best, honestly.”
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