test post

We are testing the system due to minor technical difficulties.  Please stand by.indianhead640x480For those of you too young to remember, that is a test pattern.  You used to see it on the TV screen when stations were temporarily off the air or at the end of the broadcast day.  It was used as a test image for calibrating screens to ensure that images were sized correctly and in focus.

Read more about the classic Indian Head test pattern here.

(PS– the problem is solved, but I’m leaving this post up anyway.  I’ve always liked the Indian Head– it’s a design classic– and it was interesting to learn more about it.)

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4 Responses to test post

  1. Wolfie says:

    I’m too young for this one by a bit, but I do remember the color bars and that sound. I remember being up sick some nights and I’d be watching TV and they’d go off the air, and the announcer and the music and the footage of the flag that they used always filled me with melancholy.

    Then I’d switch to channel 20 (WXON) and watch monster and / or kung-fu movies all night. Yes!

    • Pam Bliss says:

      The Indian Head was still used, primarily by black and white only stations (and yes, there were such things) well into the late Sixties. So yes, within my memory, but a little before your time. I agree that signoffs were a little sad, but I don’t remember those as much, as my folks were pretty strict about bedtimes, or at least being in your room at a reasonable time. Reading and the radio were OK, but TV was off limits.
      Even so, the National Anthem and dead air were probably preferable to all night infomercials like you see on so many stations today.

  2. Rick Santman says:

    I, on the other hand, am PLENTY old enough to remember the test pattern. You get up early on a Saturday, turn on the teevee with the sound off and stare at the test pattern occasionally while you eat your cereal, waiting for WKZO (Kalamazoo, Michigan) to come on the air at 7 AM and start showing classing cartoons, Three Stooges shorts, Lone Ranger and Rin TIn Tin, sometimes followed, joy of joys! by a Tarzan movie!

    Programming that would make me happy to this very day.

  3. Pam Bliss says:

    Yes– all cable and satellite systems need that channel!

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