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Happy Birthday, Swanson TV Dinner…

Sep 10, 2013 |  Retro Staff No Comments

In the 1920s, Clarence Birdseye developed a quick freezing process in order to preserve foods without heavily compromising flavor. In quick freezing, food is frozen very fast, so only tiny ice crystals have a chance to form. While many companies attempted to make ready-made meals, it took nearly thirty years to see real success. That’s

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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Dec 22, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Premiering December 9, 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a holiday fave for both young and old. This animated Christmas special has proved itself as timeless, having aired for more than 47 years. Like many early television-aired shows, though, this Peanuts special has an interesting history. This special was the Peanuts comic strip’s first animated

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The Frank Sinatra Show (1950-1952)

Oct 08, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Also known as Bulova Watch Time, a musical variety series hosted by Frank Sinatra aired on CBS beginning October 7, 1950. The series, which featured some episodes at 30 minutes in length and others at 60 minutes, aired live on the East Coast and was recorded via kinescope. Sponsored by Bulova Watches, the show featured

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October 1, 1962: Carson Takes Over The Tonight Show

Oct 01, 2012 |  Retro Staff 2 Comments

Originally titled Tonight, NBC’s late-night talk show was a counterpart to the Today show, which aired early morning. Originating in 1953, Steve Allen was the first host of this experimental show which became quite a success. Allen left the show in 1957, and Jack Paar took over. It was Johnny Carson’s success on Who Do

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The Edsel Show

Sep 27, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

By the mid- to late-1950s television was dominating the American living room. Sponsorship was a networks’ key form of programming support, and there were plenty of big companies willing to spend the money to get their names out there. Texaco, Colgate, Kraft, and many other corporations, sponsored entire programs that came with naming rights. Texaco

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The Jetsons: ABC’s First Color Program

Sep 25, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

A Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones, The Jetsons hit homes September 23, 1962 as ABC-TV’s first color program. As popular as the cartoon was – and still is today – the original series lasted only one year (24 episodes). The Jetsons aired Sunday evenings, featuring a family residing in Orbit City in the year

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Silly TV: Classic Silly Putty Commercials

Jul 31, 2012 |  Retro Staff 1  Comment

When marketing consultant Peter Hodgson risked $147 of borrowed money to introduce a bouncing putty to the world, his target audience was adults. As that market dwindled, it was kids lifting newsprint that made him shift gears. The once-failed product that was created in hopes to help the war effort turned into a multi-million dollar

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The Wise Little Hen Presents Donald Duck

Jun 09, 2012 |  Retro Staff 1  Comment

Donald Duck made his debut in 1934 in a short film called The Wise Little Hen. In the cartoon, Donald and his friend, Peter Pig, try to avoid working by faking a stomach ache. One of the most popular cartoon characters of all time, Donald has appeared in more films than any other Disney character,

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Texaco Star Theater

Jun 08, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Long before becoming the short-lived The Milton Berle Show, it was Texaco Star Theater – a comedy-variety show. Initially broadcast on radio (1938-1949), the branded variety extravaganza aired on television from 1948 to 1956. It was Texaco Star Theater that garnered Berle the nickname “Mr. Television”. The show was an instant hit, ruling the Tuesday night 8pm

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