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From the silver screen to television screen, the stars of beloved serial
shows have a fervent following. Signed memorabilia including photographs
and props from television's biggest stars often elicit a frenzy when they
appear for sale on the auction market.
Today it seems hard to imagine a world without television, but just a
century ago, the technology did not exist. Talk of such technology began
early in the 19th century, yet radios dominated living rooms until the early
'30s. When RCA debuted their inaugural television studio at the 1939
World's Fair, the popularity of television became widespread.
Following these first days of television networks, producers developed a
range of shows. Broadcasting experienced its biggest boom in the '50s due to
the debut of color footage and the introduction of beloved American
television actors such as Lucille Ball and Alfred Hitchcock. The world grew
fond of their characters and fell in love with television. This passion is still
prevalent today, kept alive by the collecting of signed television
Television got its name from Russian scientist Constantin
Perskyi in a paper delivered at the First International Congress of Electricity
in Paris in 1900
The first television picture was created by Philo T. Farsnworth in
The first television commercial appeared in 1940. Lasting only 20
seconds, it interrupted a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the