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June 2, 2024

Candid Photos of People Posing With Televisions in the 1950s

Televisions made their way into U.S. homes starting in 1939. Through the 1940s, Americans had the three networks, and all programming originated in New York.

Through the 1950s, the US went from 20 percent of homes having a television to nearly 90 percent. The number of television stations, number of channels, and available programming all grew to meet the demand of a public.

Television sitcoms came to being in the 1950s and have been a dominant format of programming ever since. Shows like I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners contain timeless humor and still have an audience today.

Gameshows like The Price is Right launched in the 1950s, setting the standard for that genre. The Today Show sets the standard for morning news programming. Children’s television programming also hit its stride with shows like The Mickey Mouse Club, Captain Kangaroo, and Leave It To Beaver.

These staple programs are a huge reason that television in the 1950s had such a significant cultural impact. Here below is a set of vintage photos that shows people posing with their televisions in the 1950s.


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