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The Postwar United States
Arts and Entertainment, 1945-1968
Television Finds a Home

Prior to World War II, television had been called an "experimental toy." With mass production following the war, televisions began to find their way into more and more American homes. The pictures below, from Gottscho-Schleisner Collection, show homes with televisions in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Examine the pictures closely. What evidence do they provide of how television changed American life?

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tv in dining room

Dining Room Table, Television Open, 1948

watching tv

Father Reading Newspaper, Children Viewing Television, 1950

tv in living room

View Towards Television Screen and Desk, 1950

television bar

View to Television-Bar, 1953


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