Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Way Back When-sday: The History of Television

I'm constantly amazed at the advancement in technology. The concept of the television was first sketched in 1878, shortly after telephones were invented. At the same time, science fiction authors imagined that light could be transferred over copper lines, much like sound was.
Over the next fifty years, numerous scientists developed the idea and great advances were made. In the early 1930s, John Logie Baird produced about a thousand television sets in the United Kingdom called the "Televisor." The 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin were carried by cable to television stations in Berlin and Leipzig for the public to view live. In 1939 RCA brought the television to the general public at the World's Fair in New York, but with the outbreak of WWII, mass production was stalled. It wasn't until after the war that televisions began to grow in popularity in American households.
Here are a few pictures documenting the change in televisions from 1930 to 2013.

One of the earliest television sets, introduced in the UK
The Baird "Televisor" - 1930-1933
RCA introduced this television at the 1939 World's Fair in New York
Early 1940's Television Set

The television became popular after WWII
when they became mass produced.
This is a late 1940's model.
The first national color broadcast took place
on January 1, 1954 - the Tournament of Roses Parade

In 1965, half of the networks switched to color, which boosted
sales of color televisions

In 1972, the last of the national networks switched
to color and sales of color televisions surpassed black & white



Your Turn: Did you ever own a black & white television? Which of these models do you remember from your childhood?


  1. Awesome! Wow, that brings back memories. We totally had the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s versions! And just this weekend, Mike and I finally bought a flat-screen. We'd been rockin' a dinky box TV for 7 years. Hehe. It's a fun new world now...

    1. I know! We just bought a "smart" TV a few weeks ago. Crazy! I'm amazed at technology. What will they think of next?!?! :)

  2. Very fun, Gabe. I remember the black and whites, where you actually had to get up, change the knob, set it just so, and then adjust antennas to get the perfect picture. I think I remember watching an important space event on a B and W television. :) We took the plunge and bought an LCD tv about 5 years ago. My how times have changed....:)

    1. When I was little my parents had a tiny little black & white television. Then we had a 1980's color model and even had cable! We had to get up and change the channel on the little cable box. I loved watching Laverne & Shirley on that television. :)


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