Television Boom

Archive Report

Rapid Growth of the Television Industry

Advent of Powerful New Communications Medium

The Miracle of television last week enabled an estimated ten million Americans to watch the inaugural ceremonies at Washington without leaving their homes in cities and towns in the East and Middle West. Demonstration on this scale of the marvels of the new medium of communication was made possible by the linking on Jan. 11 of eastern and midwestern television networks. With the opening of transcontinental networks promised within a few years, people in every part of the country, with the possible exception of remote rural areas, will be able to witness the next inauguration in 1953.

Development of television on a commercial basis was delayed by the war and did not get into full ...

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