Nostalgia time: Do you remember the plastic screens that gave color to the old colorless television sets ?

Cheryl E Preston
Black and White telivision setPhoto byYoutube screenshot

Once upon a time

This morning I had a flashback to the early 1960s when my grandmother transformed our black and white television into a color set by placing a screen over it. What I recall was what looked like tissue paper and the colors were muddled like in the image above. MeTV addressed this issue in 2016 and only one person responded who happened to be from Southwest Virginia. Of all the trivia and "Do you remember" that come up on Facebook I have not seen any images of color screens.

My brother does!!! He was born in 1947 & his friend saw one before too. Interesting is his word for thank god color tv came along. He got that in mid-60s. Tvs had only 3 We live in Virginia near Martinsville.
Happy Days Howard Conninghamn makes color TVPhoto byYoutube screenshot

Do you remember?

Childhood memories like jack rocks, bolo bats, cap guns, transistor radios, and other items that are no longer around fill my Facebook newsfeed daily but not once have I observed a color screen. I'm thankful for the comment from someone local as it lets me know my family was not the only one to try this gimmick. I asked my cousin Denise Coleman this evening and she laughed as she said yes her family also had a fake color screen.

From what I have read there were only 3 colors on the screen which were blue at the top, red in the middle, and green at the bottom. I don't know if my grandma bought some type of knockoff product because our TV seemed to have multiple colors as mentioned earlier. I was probably 5 or 6 years old and too young to realize what a real color television set was supposed to look for.

All I knew was that the black-and-white TV had color and it was beautiful and magical but alas it was fake. Mexican engineer Guillermo González Camarena created the patent for the first color television set but there is no record of who came up with the concept of color screens for black and white TV sets.

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