What Things Cost in 1941:
Gasoline: 19 cents/gal
Bread: 8 cents/loaf
Milk: 34 cents/gal
Postage Stamp: 3 cents
Stock Market: 111
Average Annual Salary: $2,050
Minimum Wage: 30 cents per hour
(20K) - 1941 Ford
- The year 1941 was even more dismal than 1940, for makers of television
sets. Although some of the trade articles were positive and upbeat, the
reality of the situation was that no one was buying the sets.
- Broadcasting continued, with a few hours in the late afternoon and
evening. No new sets were designed or built. In March, the NTSC
recommended the standard of 525 lines and 30 frames per second be adopted as the
standard in the USA, in place of the existing 441 lines launched in 1939.
- July 1st -- Commercial broadcasting finally authorized by the FCC to
start on this date. NBC begins with a 10 second "Bulova" (watch)
commercial. This first commercial, which simply showed the face of a
watch, gave the network a profit of $7.00. CBS, DuMont and others start
commercials in the Fall.
- December 7th -- Pearl Harbor bombed. CBS televises news of the
attack. World War-II begins for the US.
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