Another “early-tech” device!

Came across this antique at a small museum in Federalsburg, MD:

A 1948 RCA Television

Like the tube tester from the earlier post, this TV is a fine example of early tech.  We didn’t have one at home until the early 1950’s, and I don’t even remember much about it until the mid-1950’s!

A bit of history picked up on line:  after World War Two, production of TV sets started in the U.S. In 1946, only a few stations were on the air, and broadcasting hours were very limited. By 1949, almost all major cities had at least one station. At the end of 1946, only 44,000 homes had a TV set; by the end of 1949, there were 4.2 million homes with TV.  By 1953, 50% of American homes had television.

In the late ’40s, A T & T started building a microwave and coaxial cable network to tie together TV stations in the U.S. The network started on the east coast, but by 1950 it had been expanded to the south and midwest. By 1956, most cities were linked to network programming.

The rest is history – you know, progressing from “free TV and an antenna on every roof” to “cable providers,” and now satellite television…with dishes on many roofs. Many changes, many improvements, more $$!

And the beat goes on…


2 thoughts on “Another “early-tech” device!

  1. “By 1953, 50% of American homes had television”. Wow! I still reckon the 1940s and ’50s were the greatest age of the USA in so many ways. As for the female fashions (which is what we like best 😉 ), could they have been cuter? Sue x


    1. I see that the figure varies – depending on the source! By the end of the 1950’s it is said “on-line” that about 90% of households had some sort of TV service!

      Once we got our huge old black-and-white set, I can remember Saturday morning cartoons and watching weeknight network programs with my parents. How things have changed – what with 80″ flat screens and streaming, and laptops with the internet and streaming! Wonder what the future holds?


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