What Things Cost in 1939:
Gasoline: 19 cents/gal
Bread: 8 cents/loaf
Milk: 49 cents/gal
Postage Stamp: 3 cents
Stock Market: 150
Average Annual Salary: $1,850
1939 Ford Automobile
1939 General Electric TV - Model HM-275
1939 New York World's Fair - RCA "Telemobile"
MARCH 31: Farnsworth Television and Radio company is
formed in Fort Wayne, Indiana
APRIL 20: Sarnoff announced at the World's Fair, in
Flushing, NY, "Now we add sight to sound".
APRIL 30: At the opening ceremonies of the World's
Fair, FDR is the first president to be televised. TV sets go on sale
next day. RCA (NBC) begin regular broadcasts on a daily basis.
(113K) RCA had (2) special clear Lucite television sets made for
display at the Fair, so as to remove all doubts from the mind of the public
that TV images were authentic - these TRK12 sets were most impressive,
Approximately 19,000 television sets are operating in England
-- Less than a few hundred in the USA.
Farnsworth signs patent-license agreement with RCA.
This is the first time that RCA has ever agreed to pay royalties to another
company. In the past they simply purchased all of the patent rights
they felt they needed. Farnsworth had refused to sell.
Farnsworth biography on
this web site.
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