Rose Clare Leonard watches the screen, which reproduces a 5x7 image, as she tunes in at the first public post-war showing at a New York department store, Aug. 24, 1945.
This television set, retailing for $100, is reported the first moderately priced receiver manufactured in quantity.
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Violet Assad watches the Louis-Conn fight on Emerson Radio’s new chair-side console television receiver with ten inch screen. It will retail for approximately $250.
A large-view (ten-inch screen) console model television set and a small table model with a seven-inch screen were at press previews in New York, June 21, 1946.
One of the features of the new television models is screen visibility which exposes the television image to be clearly seen by many onlookers in a room, either sitting or standing.
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Du Mont Deluxe
Irwin Cochen is shown looking over the Hampshire Model Du Mont Deluxe television receiver in New York, Oct. 11, 1946.
It has a twenty inch direct view tube which serves as the screen itself. The screen itself is retractable.
An American family watches a tabletop radio television in 1948.
By 1954, more than half of American households had a television. By 1962, 90 percent had one.
"Modern Picture Tube"
An RCA picture tube from 1956.
Vacuum-tube technology was the dominant technology into the 1970s and meant that televisions were large and heavy.
Violet Pelkey tunes a television in the village of Plymouth, Vt., in the same building where Calvin Coolidge was born, Aug. 19, 1953.
Service to rural towns led the early development of cable television to improve unsatisfactory aerial transmission.
A television screen is inset into an avant-garde cabinet for canned music called the "Kuba Komet" at the Radio and Television Exhibition in Frankfurt, West Germany, Aug. 5, 1957. As well as the television set, the Komet houses a radio, a record player and a tape recorder. The upper part of the assembly swings on a vertical axis to face any direction.
Eight-month-old Andrea Whalen holds trick rabbit that causes the television set to change channels when bunny is pressed and squeaks, Feb. 6, 1961. The television set has a remote control device which is evidently activated by squeak from rabbit.
The first wireless television remote control was developed in 1955.
Rooftop antennae receive television transmissions in June 1973.
Over the years antennae and satellite dishes have come and gone depending on changing technology and popularity.
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A house is reflected on the screen of a discarded television in Beach City, Ohio April 6, 2011.
The invention of liquid crystal display (LCD) in 1983 meant that the size (and weight) of televisions could trim down.
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Prized possession worldwide
A man carries his television set to a safer place after heavy monsoon rains caused a rise in the water levels of the river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, Aug. 1, 2013.
As the cost of televisions declined their popularity around the world soared. By 2009 78 percent of households worldwide had a television.
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Discarded for a newer model
An employee arranges discarded televisions at a newly opened electronic waste recycling factory in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, March 29, 2011.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), e-waste is the fastest growing commodity in the waste stream, with a growth rate five times that of other parts of the business such as industrial waste. The burgeoning middle classes in fast-growth China and India mean there are more computers and mobiles, adding to e-cycling growth.
A model for every household
A man walks past televisions for sale at a Best Buy store in New York City, Nov. 23, 2010.
LCD (liquid crystal display) have been steadily phasing out cathode ray tube display televisions since their invention in 1983.
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Japan's electronics giant Seiko Epson unveils a prototype model of the flexible LCD display, a 3.8-inch full color super slim VGA panel in 0.1mm thickness at a flat panel display trade show in Yokohama, Japan, Oct. 3, 2003.
The very thin LCD display can flex to form a curved screen.
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TV screens, installed on board of an Airbus A350 XWB flight-test aircraft are pictured during a media-day at the German headquarters of aircraft company Airbus in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, April 7, 2014.
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A person stands on the screen stage during a public viewing event of the 2014 World Cup soccer match between England and Italy in Mangaratiba, Brazil, June 14, 2014.
The world's largest television display is and 172,220 square feet (16,000 m2) in Harmony Times Square in Suzhou, China.
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A customer looks at LG Electronics' television sets, which are made with LG Display flat screens, at its store in Seoul, South Korea, July 22, 2014.
South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd, the world's biggest maker of liquid crystal displays, reported April-June operating profit of 163 billion won ($159.20 million), compared with 366 billion won a year earlier and a 94 billion won in the first quarter. Picture taken July 22, 2014.
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A model stands in front of Samsung's 110 inch Ultra HDTV at the 2013 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Introduced in 1998, HDTV has become the most popular form of television.
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An official shows a Plastic OLED (POLED) display used in LG Electronics' curved-screen smartphone "G Flex" during a media event to unveil the new product at the company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 5, 2013.
The G Flex has a 6-inch plastic OLED display that curves inward from top and bottom.