Television in the 1950s


My topic is about television in the 1950s. I am going to tell you about the history of the television and what it looked like in the 1950s and today.


The technology of television actually was the creation of many countries over many years. It is an international invention.


The first television system was made in the 1920s. It was known as the first mechanical TV. Over the years it changed and in 1935 some engineers built the electronic TV. At the time, very few people had television sets. The small audience of viewers had to watch a blurry picture on a two or three inch screen.


World War II put a damper on the television. It wasnt until the 1950s that TVs started to become more popular. The 1950-s were known as the Golden Age of Television. Popularity of televisions increased and it could only be watched in black and white. Families who did have one found their neighbours drawn to them for entertainment. It would not be out of the ordinary to see people standing outside store windows to watch a movie. In the 1950s TV looked a lot different from today. Usually it was a big box or cabinet with a small screen of only 5-6 or 10-12 inches. Channels and sound were changed by turning dials. There were no remote controls.


Over fifty years later we are able to talk to each other on cellular phones and can even send email. WE can also watch TV in colour, have stereo sound, closed captioning and better picture. In this project I learned that television has a long, long history and like the internet now, television was new in the past. It changed our world in a very big way.


I hope you enjoyed my report and learned a little bit about television history.


By Greg.