Sunday, 25 June 2017

Unidentified Found Object

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Encountered on a stroll through local woodland, in an area that used to be notorious for fly-tipping. It was not uncommon to see the rusting hulks of broken washing machines, tattered arm-chairs and other such unwanted items of household furniture here, but now all that remains are these tiny fragments that the council's clean-up crews missed. 

So what was this thing? Presumably part of some domestic electronic item. My best guess is that it is the clunky channel-changing push-button unit from a pre-remote control colour television of the 1970s. I'm pretty sure we had something quite similar attached to ours back then. I always wondered why we had four buttons when there were only three channels to choose from. 

Actually, you can just about make out the buttons in this old photo...

Any better suggestions...?


  1. I reckon you're right - my first thought was "car tape deck" or even "8-track" but there's too much going on there for either of those. Mind you, looking again, they look more like turny-knob jobs than push buttons. Off an old stereogram maybe?
  2. yes i wondered about that, unfortunately the knobs/buttons were too rusty to push or twist.
  3. Looks like an old TV channel select from when there was only 3 or 4 channels I'd guess. You had to tune the signal/channel by turning the knob and change it by pushing it in. Those glorious days of pre-remote when you actually had to move your ass if you wanted to change the channel. Mind you, those were also the days when TV went off about 12 o'clock and also in the afternoon, no bloody room for Bargain Hunt or Lick My Cat in those days.

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