Television was introduced in the United States in the late
forties and by the early fifties had become a household fixture. The early sets were
large, heavy things with small round screens. Family members would have to crowd around
the "set" to see the action. There were few television broadcasting stations and
they would typically begin broadcasting between six and ten in the morning and
"sign-off" around nine or ten at night. A test pattern proceeded any programming
and the "Star Spangled Banner" was usually played just before sign-off.
Early Television was light-hearted and informative.
Not needing to be graphic or violent to get it's point
across, television of the late 40's and the 50's gave us many hours of relaxation and
escape. Shows like Ozzie and Harriet, Make Room for Daddy, Your Show of Shows, I
Love Lucy and so many more took us away from our daily cares.
Enjoy, Your Host, Brad
Swanson introduces the first successful TV
dinner: turkey, mashed potatoes, and peas.
month's featured show:
Father Knows Best
I Love Lucy
The Phil Silver's Show