LAST WEEK’S Whatzit took you into previously unexplored territory—a departure from logos, flags, labels and the like.
It’s a vacuum tube from a guitar amplifier, and the two of you who guessed were…well…almost right.
From Linda Bingen: “Old television tube. Man I AM old!”
From Travis Svihovec: “Those look like the connecting prongs on a flash tube, the type used in studio photography.”
Here’s the full pic:
We’re guessing that many of you have no idea what a tube is. Vacuum tubes were used to help power radios and early TVs. They became outdated with the development of the transistor in the late ’50s. That was a l-o-n-g time ago, but I can still remember my first transistor radio. GE. White. No larger than a thick paperback. A lot of fun to listen to when I was a teenager. And I can remember my dad occasionally handing me a tube and sending me around the corner to the old radio-TV shop, so I could try it out on the tube-testing machine there. So, Linda, you’re not the only one who’s old!
And now to this week’s Whatzit. I think this one is really gonna be w-a-a-a-y too easy.
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