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7 Ways Television Benefits Kids (According to Ads from 1950)

By Meredith Carroll |

Kids and TV

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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 and see if they might have prompted you to buy a TV for it’s virtue (and not just as a vice):


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TV time is fun time!

How television benefits your children

Let us count the ways.

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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One thought on “7 Ways Television Benefits Kids (According to Ads from 1950)

  1. Malika Bourne says:

    TV was supposed to be an educational tool. In the late 50′s my class watched Sapnish calss on TV
    By 1954 my family may have been the first on the block to own a TV. My parents worked in their studoi beolwo. TV was a very cheap babysitter for them.

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