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(22 Words)   Color photo of the set from the old Addams Family TV series. Well, this ought to be interesAHHHH GOD MY EYES MY EYES   ( divider line
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2013-11-21 08:42:38 AM  

Prophet of Loss: Many Victorian area interiors were actually bright gaudy messes.

The invention of coal-derived aniline dyes was a big freakin' deal in the mid-1800s.

The fad for purple (and later other, garish colours) arguably turned a pre-unification Germany into a chemical-industry powerhouse, and provided the know-how and capital to kick-start the steel, pharmaceutical and armaments industries.

The rest you probably know from the movies.
2013-11-21 10:06:56 AM  

Radioactive Ass: I can remember seeing my first color TV in the late 60's or so (Brinkley and Hunt was on as I recall) at my grandparents house (it was a 21" console job which according to grandpa was the biggest one that you could get at the time). We got one a few years later. Keep in mind that this was in San Francisco and not some backwater town out in the middle of nowhere. They weren't very common yet as people usually waited until their old B&W sets went on the fritz before they shelled out the big bucks for a color one.

I can't remember when we got our first color TV. I used to watch Star Trek with my brother, seems like it was always in black and white. I do have foggy memories of seeing color TVs when I was very young and thinking, Oh Wow, but I don't know when we got one. It probably was in the mid-70's.

I was never much of a TV-watcher.
2013-11-21 10:11:32 AM  

ZeroCorpse: netringer: Hey!  They had a Hookah!  The Adams druggies!

George  "Reeves's red-blue-and-yellow Superman costume was originally brown-gray-and-white, so that it would photograph in appropriate gray tones on black-and-white film."

Hookahs are not the sole province of stoners. They have traditionally been used to smoke spiced tobacco-- That is, tobacco soaked in a flavored molasses mixture.

So most of the time when you see a hookah in a setting like this, it's for tobacco.

even video of them using it .. . =362"> lpage#t =362

\\ loved the house
\ needs to be more pink .  . .
2013-11-21 10:58:58 AM  

Confabulat: Nem Wan: Same thing with George Reeves' Superman costumes. It wasn't the "correct" colors until the show switched to filming in color.  [ image 850x956]

What's weird about that suit is it looks just like it did on the show. It's further support for Calvin's dad's argument that color didn't begin to appear in the world until sometime in the 1930s.

I can't wait to trick my kid with Calvin's dad's stories.
2013-11-21 01:13:47 PM  
The switch from B&W to Color changed the visual aesthetic of a whole lot of shows changed.

Remember that lighting for B&W is very different than for color, with deeper shadows and contrast.  This is one of the reasons many colorized films and TV shows just look 'off.'

As mentioned above, the switch to color was definitely meant to say LOOK AT THE COLORS.  Shows that started B&W, like LOST IN SPACE or even THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, had to find a color scheme for all the sets.  I Agree with what Tarantino said about ANDY GRIFFITH, in that seeing the "real" colors of the show made Mayberry less idyllic.  There was less for an audience to bring to the show.

The TV show THE CISCO KID was filmed entirely in color, but years before the first color sets were ever sold (they were thinking waaayyy far ahead, or were really optimistic about re-runs).

As far as I know, only one show started color and then went B&W - SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE, but this was due to the expense.
2013-11-21 02:06:16 PM  
Two things:

1) The Addams family cartoons were always black & white,  so it was entirely appropriate for the show. Black and white television producers where very good attheir craft and picked colors for the final medium, how it looked on set was unimportant.Had it been a color show, they would have dressedthe set in very somber colors to match the dark tone of the subject, as they did in the movies.

2) Star Trek looked more convincing in black and white. The rocks weren't so obviously styrofoam and the aliens weren't so obviously in body paint. It visually is very appealing in color, butthe part of your brain responsible for  suspension of disbelief has to say"Oh, dear."
2013-11-21 05:25:44 PM  
I would expect their house to have more than 50 shades of grey.
2013-11-22 03:13:48 AM  

kg2095: brandent: OtherLittleGuy: UberNeuman: MrSteve007: Also keep in mind that set designers of the time knew that standard color stages wouldn't show up on black and white TV's that well, so they would crank the colors up to 11 to get the desired result for B&W viewers.

As is part of the reason that when color tv came in, that some shows like Star Trek went over the top with color on the sets - y'know, so folk knew this was TV IN COLOR!

\loves me some Star Trek, but gods the colors are a bit much.....

Sort of like 3D these days in movie theatres and HDTV.

Don't forget that there would still have been massive numbers of black and white tvs out there.  I'd bet a majority.

Yah, it's true. Color TV went live in 1953 but didn't really gain much market share until the mid 60s.

I had some black & white TVs in the house in the 70's.. even to using one of them with my first computer in 1982.  Didn't like it, but hooking it up to the main TV wasn't allowed for anything but special occasions.
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