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A Brief History of Television in the '40s and '50s

T.V. in the '40s: Development
T.V. in the '50s: Standardizing the Industry
T.V. Programming in the '40s and '50s

Early T.V.:  A Collaboration

        Many of us undoubtedly will flip on the television set over the course of the day, but few actually stop to think of the complex origins of this now common form of communication.  Sixty years ago, television barely existed.  It was a small part of the Research and Development program paid for by the United States as an instrument of war.  While the technology had existed in the forties, the possibilities that it held were yet to be explored or for that matter, exploited for profit.  Like radio, it would have to be worked and molded into a feasible idea.


(modern test screen)


(early test screen)

       The purpose of this site is to educate a general audience on television history of the 1940s and 1950s.  It provides a basic overview of the technology as well as early programming.  Links as well as a bibliography are also included to provide the user with additional resources on the subject.

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