It wasn’t actually a TV, but it provided hours of entertainment for the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad and her brother.
The Marx TV Tennis game was released in 1975, as a completely mechanical version of the game Pong. The “ball” is actually an illuminated flashlight bulb connected by long rubber springs to the player’s control knobs.
This was a Christmas gift from their Mom in 1977. Cost: $34.95 plus tax. While the TV Tennis game itself is long gone, the box has been kicking around our garage now for as long as I can remember – holding various family stuff like toys and such. But that too had to end, when the box started to fall apart. Before recycling it, I did the right thing and scanned all the artwork.
Enjoy the colors and the retro-tech!
An interactive game run by a series of rubber bands and plastic gears? Choke on that, Android App
The above picture was the entire side of the box. To present it here, I had to to six different scans on my flatbed scanner and then stitch them together in Windows Live Photo Gallery.
The game was shipped to – and purchased from – Lake Hills Toys in Bellevue WA. While the Sixties-era strip mall still exists, the store is gone.
Introducing The Big Wheels, the neighborhood gang who found TV Tennis to be the most amazing thing to ever hit the unfinished basements of suburbia. Jeffrey exemplifies the insecure kid in the neighborhood who only had friends because he put on an air of intelligence. He got beat up a lot. I have no idea what Wendy is talking about, since the most successful multi-tasking I’ve seen comes from Mrs. BelRedRoad. Daniel, you’re 7. Why on Earth would you watch real Tennis on TV? Oh yeah…Chris Evert. Noodles grew up to be high-powered track coach.
Shrimp is on the most epic riding toy. Ever.