7 Ways Television Benefits Kids (According to Ads from 1950)Meredith Carroll
While most parents will admit their kids watch TV, few will say it’s good for them. Unless it’s 1950, that is.
Television was certainly a welcome sight as well as a novelty when it was first introduced. Maybe that’s how some ads got away with making it appear so . . . wholesome and healthy.
Take a look at these 7 vintage ads (courtesy of Retronaut.co) and see if they might have prompted you to buy a TV for it’s virtue (and not just as a vice):
How television benefits your children 1 of 7Let us count the ways.
Only the best! 2 of 7Take a deep breath and inhale that pipe smoke, son. We can laugh (and cough) together!
Bigger is better! 3 of 7Some things never change.
More to enjoy, indeed! 4 of 7Donuts! Soda pop! A kid in . . . jail! Now that's good parenting!
Standout picture! 5 of 7Forget about play and imagination! Your kids won't need to interact with anyone but the tube if you buy this TV!
Family fun! 6 of 7Don't talk to your kids! Now that's happy and fun!
Only 2 simple controls! 7 of 7Not only is your kid just watching TV, but with this TV he doesn't even have to use his brain to change the channels! Bonus!
All images courtesy of Retronaut.co
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