What Things Cost in 1946:
Gasoline: 21 cents/gal
Bread: 10 cents/loaf
Milk: 70 cents/gal
Postage Stamp: 3 cents
Stock Market: 177
Average Annual Salary: $3,150
Minimum Wage: 40 cents per hour
1946 RCA 621-TS (Pre-war design)
[Courtesy Kevin Walsh]
1946 Ford Automobile
- The United States returns to peace time production.
- RCA begins production of 630-TS,
the first television designed and manufactured after the war.
Approximately 10,000 units sold by the end of the year, with about 43,000 sold
of this model before production ends in 1949. Other manufacturers used the RCA
chassis, and placed it in a cabinet of their own design. The initial RCA
selling price was $352.
- One of television's
critics, Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century Fox (movies) was quoted
saying: "Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures
after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a
plywood box every night."
- May 9th -- Hourglass the first hour-long musical variety show,
airs over NBC's three stations (New York City, Schenectady and Philadelphia).
- England resumes TV broadcasting on June 7, 1946.
- June 19th -- The first televised heavyweight fight (Joe Louis vs Billy Conn),
viewed by a record 140,000 (mostly at bars which had sets installed). One
year later, the Louis-Walcott fight is viewed by 1,000,000 people.
- October 2nd -- Faraway Hills becomes the first TV soap opera,
airing on the new DuMont network.
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