December’s Most Popular; Least Popular 2008

As 2008 comes to an end, I’ve gone over the statistics for Television Obscurities and put together some lists showing the most popular articles, exhibits and videos for the month of December and the year as a whole. Recall that these numbers can be easily skewed if another website links to a specific article at … Continue Reading →

USPS to Release “Early TV Memories” Stamps in 2009

The United States Postal Service will release a set of 20 stamps commemorating the early years of television in 2009. Among the shows to receive stamps are The Twilight Zone, The Honeymooners, The Ed Sullivan Show, I Love Lucy, Texaco Star Theater, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet and Lassie. According … Continue Reading →

New Article – “Coronet Blue”

There is a lot of misinformation on Coronet Blue floating around on the Internet. I hope this article can help clear things up. This hour-long drama starred Frank Converse as a young man pulled out of a river with no memory of his past save two words: coronet blue. He gives himself the name Michael … Continue Reading →

Status Guide – “Stars Over Hollywood”

This half-hour dramatic series was broadcast by NBC on Wednesdays from 10:30PM to 11PM. It premiered on September 6th, 1950 and as far as I can tell, the final new episode was shown on May 16th, 1951. I’ve compiled a broadcast history of the series primarily from contemporary television listings in The New York Times. … Continue Reading →

Green Hornet Stickers

These color stickers — a complete set includes 44 stickers — were released in 1966 by Topps, according to the registry page at the Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) website. Here are four of the stickers: Sticker #5 Sticker #13 Sticker #16 Sticker #28 Just imagine how many of these stickers could have been plastered on … Continue Reading →

Not a TV Pilot – Summer of Decision (1959)

Strictly speaking, this has absolutely nothing to do with television, let alone obscure television. But that isn’t going to stop me from talking about it. In 2006, Passport Video released a five-disc collection of classic television programs called The Golden Age of TV Drama. Included on the fifth disc was a half-hour program called “Summer … Continue Reading →

Q & A: Gunslinger; Tony the Pony

Questions: Was there a Western series in the 1960s called Gunslinger? Was there a kids show in 1979 called Tony the Pony? Continue Reading →

Coin Operated Television Chairs, Circa 1970

I’ve had a few people e-mail me asking about coin operated televisions found in airports or bus terminals in the 1970s and/or 1980s. I can’t say I’ve been all that much help but I have come up with a pair of newspaper articles from 1970 that discuss the contraptions. Unfortunately, the articles — published a … Continue Reading →