In 1947, Time Magazine wrote an article about the trend of bars installing televisions for patrons to watch, as it was a novelty and very expensive to have in the home. Here is the first couple of lines of the aticle. Love the phonetic spelling of the Chicago bar owners speech (the photo, by Lee Balterman, was taken at King’s Palace in the 1950’s) :
“Television is not yet available in every Chicago home, but it is literally just around the corner. The city’s only television station, WBKB, reports that two-thirds of its audience takes in the show with lifted elbows at the 250 Chicago bars that own television sets.
Al Schlossberg, manager of the King’s Palace, a television tavern on North Clark Street, last week analyzed the new drift:
” ‘Bout coupla monts ago business started gettin’ stinkin’. We was losin’ money, but fast. I gotta do somethin’ to goose da place up. Now I’m a sport lover, see. So I figure maybe dese guys is goin’..”Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,887371,00.html#ixzz1ugmVdrs2