Monday, January 28, 2013

History of American Media -- From Early Papers to Early TV

Documentary (for class today, start at about 13:00):



Daily Newspaper Circulation in the United States:

1850
758,000
1860
1,478,000
1870
2,602,000
1880
3,566,000
1890
8,387,000
1900
15,102,000
1909
24,212,000
1919
33,029,000
1929
42,015,000
1939
42,966,000

Source: Historical Statistics of the United States, 810.

Example of Remington drawing (along with the myth)




Households with Radio Sets:

1922
60,000
1927
6,750,000
1932         
18,450,000
1937
24,500,000
1942
30,600,000






Source: Historical Statistics of the United States, 796.

Herb Morrison of WLS Chicago reports on the Hindenberg:









Households with Television Sets:

1946
8,000
1949
940,000
1952         
15,300,000
1955
30,700,000
1958
41,924,000






Source: Historical Statistics of the United States, 796

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