Sixty Years On, Television Sets Go From Being the Hearth of Home to Vanishing Mirror TVs

So how’d we get here — to where TV households worldwide were estimated at just under 2 billion in 2016? In 1946, there were about 6,000 televisions in America. But boosted by a booming post-war economy and accelerating innovation, about 50% of American homes had a TV set by the mid-‘50s. The early color RCA sets were designed as furniture and became the focal point, the new hearth, of our homes. By the ’60s, almost 90% of American homes had a set. And, by the ’70s, our ubiquitous TVs became the display devices for the first recorded media, and then later for…

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