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dutchman
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16 of 25  Tue 4th Jun 2013 4:32pm  
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How many people here bought a TV set especially to watch the Coronation only to find less than three years later that they couldn't be used to watch ITV?
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scrutiny
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17 of 25  Tue 4th Jun 2013 4:46pm  
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Ah, but on the day ITV started me Dad brought home a little brown box, stuck it on top of the telly, plugged it into the telly and with a bit turning of the wheels we had ITV. Thumbs up
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dutchman
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18 of 25  Wed 5th Jun 2013 3:58pm  
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Most people would have watched the Coronation on a Bush TV22 with a nine inch screen. It was the first affordable TV, being mass-produced with a moulded bakelite cabinet and is something of a style-icon of its era. Bush also sold a 12" version (TV24) but this had a wooden cabinet and was much more expensive as were most other brands. By the way you can often date old photographs by the aerials on the chimneys. Few people had TV at all before 1953. It was 1956 before ITV aerials were added and BBC2 aerials began to appear in 1964. Smile
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Radford kid
Coventry
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19 of 25  Thu 6th Jun 2013 1:43pm  
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This is me as Sabu the Elephant Boy, the photo was taken at a Coronation day street party help in Bulwer Road and Heathcote Street. I remember it well, great day and just in case you are wondering, I was entered into a fancy dress competition (not my every day attire). I remember being given a silver plated spoon and a Coronation mug. Colin
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Radford kid
Coventry
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20 of 25  Thu 6th Jun 2013 2:01pm  
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You sure stirred my memory Dutchman, I remember the so-called set box but it took some tuning to get it to work, I think the big problem was the home made aerial my brother and dad tried to make, I can see them now, they must have had some sort of construction plans to build the Yargi type aerial. Anyway the very first thing I heard followed by a fuzzy image was "is it a bird or is it a plane, faster than a speeding bullet etc." I could see Superman flying. Next day at school, "we've got ITV". Colin.
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Dougie
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21 of 25  Mon 29th Jun 2020 5:22pm  
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Hi all. My wife was sorting some of her keepsakes to throw away and she showed me this plus other things that someone may not have known about Coventry. Every schoolchild in Coventry was given this book by the first Lord Mayor of Coventry, HBW Cresswell, in 1953 - by Richard Dimbleby, of our Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her Coronation. The Queen at 10 years old, showing her love of horses. Edited by member, 29th Jun 2020 5:31 pm
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Prof
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22 of 25  Tue 30th Jun 2020 9:30am  
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I still have this book.
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Midland Red
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23 of 25  Tue 30th Jun 2020 10:21am  
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Don’t remember receiving one, never seen it before Oh my
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pixrobin
Canley
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24 of 25  Tue 30th Jun 2020 11:19am  
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Nor me!
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Derrickarthur
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25 of 25  Wed 1st Jul 2020 12:21am  
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1953 Coronation. Arbury Avenue and Windmill Rd School/Longford Park
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