Testing…Testing…One-Two-Three

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Anyone of my vintage
is well acquainted
with this iconic image
from the early days
of television.

The graphic of the Indian
and each of the various
patterns on the chart
served a specific purpose.

They allowed for
adjustments to cameras,
as well as studio and
home monitors.

The Indian-head
test pattern
often would appear after
the formal television station
sign-off, following
the playing of the
national anthem.

With the arrival of
color TV in the 1960’s,
an alternate test card
of color bars became
the one of choice.

As much as I enjoy
the Hi Def, high tech
of today’s television,
I still wax nostalgic for
my Native American
friend of long ago.

I can’t help but
wonder
how the chief would look
on a 55” screen.