Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Hernias of Yore


Long before live trucks were lacquered in logos, industrious souls dashed after deadlines in late model sedans. Okay, so they didn't so much dash; with a car full of plug-in luggage, it was more scientific expedition than journalistic jaunt. That, of course, was before the DuMont Portable Televisor debuted in 1941. Developed and built in good ole New Jersey, this radical rig signaled a streamlined approach to mobile broadcasting, one that would eventually lead to the garish sat truck encampements of today. Now, strong men in skinny neckties could wheel about the naked city, confident that if news broke out - they'd be along in a hour or so to pull a groin muscle. I'm serious, have you seen the equipment manifest? I've seen jam bands with less gear...

DuMont Iconoscope Camera 45 POUNDS

Power Supply Unit 45 POUNDS

Video Intermediate Amplifier 37 POUNDS

Intermediate Amplifier Power Supply 52 POUNDS

Line Amplifier 45 POUNDS

Video Monitor 54 POUNDS

Synchronizing Signal Generator 38 POUNDS and 43 POUNDS!!!


ALL THAT in Bryl-Creem and pleated pants! And YOU whine when you gotta drag out a couple of lights...

4 comments:

Horonto said...

Yikes, that's heavy.

Amanda Emily said...

Ya forgot the spotless white lab coats to go along with the Bryl-Creem and pleated pants...

(no bull, there's a bunch of photos floating around online of my market in which the camera operators are wearing lab coats)

in-gun-ear said...

Welcome to my world!!

mangler said...

and i complain that my backpack is too heavy sometimes. oh, its cause my laptop is in it.