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Thursday, July 31st, 2014
35 Years Ago Today

Here's a commercial for RCA's Second Set Bonus Days sale, with a free extra console (such as a black-and-white Model AD125W set) for those who buy the 1980 model XL-100 console.

FuzzyMemories.TV forum member Szake writes, "How confusing was it to the parts department that they had 13" color TVs that were model XL100, and 27" console TVs that were model XL100... all over the space of almost 20 years. Around 1987, I had a 27" color XL100 with digital tune and remote control that died around 1994. It was the LAST console TV my family could find. It had to be a console and it had to match the French Provincial furniture with plastic covers in the living room. I still have a working two rotary dial (VHF/UHF) 13" color XL100 today."

This aired on local Indianapolis TV on August 1, 1979.

RCA - "I Got a Free TV" (Commercial, 1979)

Here's a commercial for RCA's Second Set Bonus Days sale, with a free extra console (such as a black-and-white Model AD125W set) for those who buy the 1980 model XL-100 console.

(It should be noted that Indianapolis was a major hub for RCA's record division, with that city housing one of the country's largest pressing plants that turned out millions of LP's, 45's and before that 78's from such artists including Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Harry Belafonte, Jefferson Airplane, The Guess Who, and John Denver - not to mention custom clients such as Motown and their subsidiary labels. Such pressings from RCA's Indianapolis plant, which closed in 1987, were usually sold in the Chicago area and other Midwestern and some Southern states.)

Voiceover by ??, with mention of which local Indianapolis area stores offered this sale (G&M TV in Speedway, and Curtis Bros. in Rushville), accompanied by pertinent slide.

This aired on local Indianapolis TV Wednesday, August 1st 1979 during the 6:00pm to 7:00pm timeframe.

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How confusing was it to the parts department that they had 13" color TVs that were model XL100, and 27" console TVs that were model XL100... all over the space of almost 20 years. Around 1987, I had a 27" color XL100 with digital tune and remote control that died around 1994. It was the LAST console TV my family could find. It had to be a console and it had to match the French Provincial furniture with plastic covers in the living room.

I still have a working two rotary dial (VHF/UHF) 13" color XL100 today.

And there is that clicking on microphone sound again for the local voice over.

Comment posted by Szake on Sunday, October 20th 2013 at 4:12pm.

One thing I really like about old Console TVs is the craft put into them. It looked like something you would be proud to display in your home. The modern TV looks so sterile.
Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Monday, October 21st 2013 at 7:52am.

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