Last night I began searching for old television commercials that I remembered as a kid. Our family got a television set about 1959, when I was five. Actually, my parents bought my Aunt Minnie the first set; she babysat my brother and I and Mom thought a television would be a big help to keep us quiet and corralled. Of course, it had a tiny screen and was a black and white set. No matter, programming at that time was nearly all in black and white.
*Wiki has this to say about black and white, and color television:
All three broadcast networks were airing full color prime time schedules by the 1966–67 broadcast season. But the number of color television sets sold in the U.S. did not exceed black and white sales until 1972, which was also the first year that more than fifty percent of television households in the U.S. had a color set.
Most of us who grew up with black and white television understand this explanation: even though the program or commercial was in black and white, your mind filled in the missing colors. When Lassie was running down a tree-covered lane, you "saw" the bright green leaves and the yellow sunshine along with the tawny blonde and white collie.
Of course, once color television become the norm, this funny side effect of watching black and white and "seeing" colors went by the wayside. I seemed to have slowly lost the ability to "colorize" for myself.
Back to YouTube...I found an old Hamms beer commercial and opened the file. Something was missing; it didn't play as my memory had recorded it. Watching the commercial again for the first time in many years, I couldn't make the image from YouTube match my own mental image; the water wasn't the same sparkly blue, and the bears weren't the nice chestnut brown I remembered. The catchy little tune was off somewhat in its lyrics and timing.
Even Bucky Beaver's teeth seemed less than the pearly white I recalled when I pulled up that old commercial for Ipana toothpaste.
My Aunt Minnie was a big fan of Search for Tomorrow. So, brother and I were subjected to daily doses of this old soap opera. We got caught up in the storylines too. Playing an old episode now is so cheesy. And that organ music! Ugh. So much for that memory as well.
I think I'll stop trying to find my past on YouTube. My own remembered version is better anyway.
Anyone else share this time warp disconnect?