My First TV Set

My First TV Set

Between the WWII and Perestroika periods Soviet people often treated a TV set like something to be proud of. They even made photos with a new home appliance.

TV sets first appeared in American in the late 1920s. The first simple mechanical TV set that had to be connected with a receiving set (as it didn’t have its own loudspeaker) appeared in the Soviet Union only in 1932.

My First TV Set

TV popularization in the USSR began after the war when TV sets went into serial production. By 1970 a TV set was in 61% households, regardless the fact that it cost 900-1200 rubles at the average salary of Soviet people amounting to 600-800 rubles.

My First TV Set

My First TV Set

My First TV Set

My First TV Set

My First TV Set

My First TV Set

My First TV Set

My First TV Set

My First TV Set

My First TV Set

My First TV Set

My First TV Set

 

5 thoughts on “My First TV Set”

  1. It was true also outside the Soviet Union. It was said that for many people the tv set was the most important family member. When the tv ownership was still low, like in the 60s and, outside major cities, early 70s, the proud owners would regularly invite their neighbours to watch some popular programmes, everybody would bring their own chair and some freshly baked cake or drinks, and kids would interrupt their outdoor play and get together at the nearest-living playmate’s to watch cartoons, some US by Hanna-Barbera, some Soviet (Nu, pogodi!, Cossacks and many more), some Polish, Czechoslovak, you name them. Maybe there was no internet but we still managed to get lots of fun 🙂

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  2. During those days, TV sets were extremely expensive everywhere, not just in the USSR. The first time I saw a TV picture, I was already 16 years old and a TV cost as much as a small car.

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  3. I remember watching the Apollo shots on a small black and white set when I was pretty small. My folks didn’t get a color set until the early 80’s and that’s in Kansas, USA.

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