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  Looking Back at 30+ Years from the Dummy TVs of the 1980's to TV Props of Today...a glimpse into the past with Jim Barnes, owner of Props America Inc.

TV props, and television props, really started to become a saleable product and make their way to the market place in the mid 1980's.  Today we see fake TV props used across several industries for multiple uses, but I believe it was the furniture manufacturers who made the idea of the TV prop a product to be made available to the latest groups of TV prop users today such as home stagers, interior designers, furniture retailers and advertising/marketing firms.

In the 1980's simulated electronic prop TV manufacturers such as Props America did not exist. A product such as a fake TV prop for display purposes had to be designed, prototyped, and manufactured by a point-of-purchase display house.  My introduction to fake TV props, or fake television props for display use, came when I was a designer at a custom point-of-purchase display house that was contracted to design, prototype, and manufacture TV props and desktop computer props for a furniture manufacturer on the east coast. 

I use the term "props" frequently these days, but back then we commonly referred to TV props as dummy TVs or TV replicas (Learn more about dummy TVs and TV Props by clicking here).  It was the same with computer props.  We did not call them computer props, we called them dummy computers or computer replicas.  The first computer prop I designed in the 1980's had a monitor screen that mimicked the monochrome monitor screens of real computers at the time.  Remember the days when your computer monitor had one color?  In those days our desktop computer props were available with a dark screen with either green or orange text to simulate the real deal.  The idea of full color monitors and even laptops was a long ways away.

If you look back at the dummy TV props in the 1980's and then look at the TV props we have today; the need for fake TV props over the years has changed greatly.  In the 1980's and 1990's the need to replace real TVs with dummy TV props was mainly cost and liability issues for furniture manufacturers and furniture retailers.  Think back about the costs of a 19" console TV and a personal desktop computer when they first came out.  In the 1980's the price of a computer prop was around 15% of the actual cost of a real functioning computer, and today you could purchase a functioning computer for less than what the 1980's computer props sold for!  It's just amazing to see the evolutions of the both the electronics industry and the fake electronics industry over the past 30 years.

In the late 1990's through the mid 2000's there was a major increase in consumption of fake flat screen TV props and fake laptop computer props from the housing, interior design, and marketing industries.  With the booming housing market during the mid 1990's through the mid 2000's there was an exponential increase in the need for TV props, laptop computer props, and appliance props for home staging and interior design.  Witnessing the growth of the home staging industry alone over the past 7 to 10 years has just been amazing, and the industry itself is just full of individuals whose passions are obvious and highly admirable. 

In the late 1990's and early 2000's I watched the technology and style of real electronic TVs change from the tube style televisions and projection style televisions to the very popular flat screen TVs that have saturated the market today.  As a result, the simulated electronics industry followed suit by producing flat screen TV props to meet the new demand.  Ultra light weight wall mountable flat screen TV props have been Props America's #1 seller in 2012. 

I hope you have enjoyed this brief history on TV props that I have experienced over the years.  One of Props America's focuses for the upcoming year is to provide more information to our customers not only about our products and services, but information on other great products and services out there to help you grow your business.  I look forward to sharing more with you this year.
 
Wishing you and your business the best!

Jim Barnes            
  
             
             
             
 
   
   

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