In Pictures: Groovy 1970s consumer tech

The 1970s played host to an explosion in consumer electronics gadgets that changed how we educate, entertain, calculate, and communicate.

TV Sets

You're looking at a big-screen TV, circa 1979. Although projection TVs existed in the 1970s, they remained prohibitively expensive luxuries that few people could afford. Instead, CRT-based sets like this 25-inch console unit held the high end of the home TV market. At $700 (about $2185 in 2012 dollars), a set like the one shown here represented a significant investment that inspired some families to keep using these woody behemoths until the high-definition era came along. (I regularly used a similar 25-inch family TV until 2006.) Color TVs became more and more popular in the United States during the 1970s. They outsold their black-and-white cousins for the first time in 1972.

Credit: Sears

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