The 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger Hunt has begun, and this is my entry…

The 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger Hunt has begun, and this is my entry from Day 1, the "VINTAGE" category.

These are Vacuum Tubes, also known as Thermionic Valves, which were used in television sets in the 50s and 60s. To be sure, this technology had far more applications, but I can barely explain what they did in the TVs.

I found one while waiting around for my fiancee in a little, funky electronics store. It was a dingy place, and I'd heard the owner tended to chat about killing. I figured that was probably an exaggeration, but sure enough, I overheard him talking to a customer about the desire to kill. I decided to stay out of sight, and that's how I found the vacuum tube section. I thought they would make for some cool macro photos, and they did. I posted one a few minutes ago.

So I got more tubes. This time, from Ebay. The folks on Ebay tend to keep their bloodlust to themselves. Usually.

The 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger Hunt has begun, and this is my entry from Day 1, the “VINTAGE” category.

These are Vacuum Tubes, also known as Thermionic Valves, which were used in television sets in the 50s and 60s. To be sure, this technology had far more applications, but I can barely explain what they did in the TVs.

I found one while waiting around for my fiancee in a little, funky electronics store. It was a dingy place,

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9 thoughts on “The 22nd Round of the G+ Photography Scavenger Hunt has begun, and this is my entry…

  1. A great photo and story +Laura Ockel , but I don't think I'd be going back to that electronics store again! I remember these tubes blowing and you had to take it to the local drug store, plug it into the tester, and then search through the drawers to find a replacement tube. Lol, I can still hear my dad as he stood there, quietly swearing and trying to find which tube had blown! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  2. Nice photo and interesting story! About 15 years ago, I sold off around 5 large boxes that were chock full of vacuum tubes. When I was in high school, I used to fix AM tube radios, amplifiers, and sometimes televisions. I might have one or two tubes left, but otherwise, that collection is gone!

  3. That would be quite a collection +John Balboni! From what I've heard, it sounds like half the job was finding which one you needed, lol. But that would be a very cool thing to work on after school! I imagine you did some interesting things in life.