May 19, 2016

J. L. HUDSON'S ADVERT FOR MAGNAVOX TELEVISIONS AND THE DETROIT TIGERS, 1969

Detroit Free Press, April 7, 1969
Coming off a World Championship season in 1968 the Tigers had high hopes to repeat the following year. But a solid 90-72 record wouldn't suffice as they finished 20 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. It was also the last year Denny McClain would wear the old English D or have a winning season (25-9).

While the Tigers foundered Magnavox certainly didn't. Those old unreliable clunky cabinet televisions were selling for more than a quality HD TV does today. Not knowing much about TVs my guess is that it's because these were color sets and not the standard black and white.

As for Hudson's: they still had a few decades left in the tank as their prosperity began to dwindle along with the city itself. It's hard to fathom that 30 years later both Tiger Stadium and Hudson's would be defunct in the town that they helped build. But such are the epochs of time.

I bought this and several other color editions of the Free Press and News along with a large box of miscellaneous complete and sections of papers, as well as a stack of several dozen weekend magazines from the two Detroit dailies, at a Farmington Hills estate sale for $10 or so a few months back. I thought it was quite the steal.

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