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1950-1959 Other Stuff

This page contains items that don't fit the previously established sections, such as cartoons and comic strips about television, station logos, toys and ephemera from the 1950 to 1959 time period.

Remote Controls for Television - Click here to see examples and advertising

NBC, ABC, CBS - COLOR PRESENTATION LOGOS   [peacock courtesy of Ed Reitan]

Visit  Kris Trexler's Site      to see the original 1950's NBC Peacock, and other color presentation logos!

Kris has amazing "QuickTime" video clips, with sound, of these logos as they appeared on TV about 50 years ago!  MUST SEE !!!

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TV Network Logos

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Click here to see 101 Local Television Station Idents for 1951

1950s DuMont Matchbook

DuMont Matchbook.JPG (53877 bytes) (54K)

1950s TV Salt and Pepper Shaker

Salt-Pepper TV.jpg (43150 bytes) (43K)
Available in both ivory and brown.  You would twist the knob at the bottom to raise the little salt and pepper holders at the far right.

1950s TV Coin Banks and Viewers

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There were many different TV coin bank designs.  I suppose there might even be a website devoted to these!

1950s Kraft Cameraman

1950s KRAFT Cameraman Toy.JPG (30453 bytes) (30K)
This was a promotional item for Kraft Theatre in the early 1950s.

Trivia Question:  What was the FIRST TOY advertised on television?

The first toy advertised on television was Mr. Potato Head. Introduced in 1952, smart marketing put the spud on the tube. At the time, two-thirds of American TVs were owned by families with children under 12. The cute little toy grossed $4 million in his very first year.  Mattel says that one of their toys, a Mickey Mouse guitar, was the first toy advertised on TV, but the general consensus is for the spud.

1953 Crosley Owner's Manual

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