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Television Memorabilia

Although television broadcasting began in 1928, it was over a decade before commercial programming became widely available. After World War II, production of television sets increased rapidly, making them affordable additions to some homes as well as entertainment beyond radio and theatre. Retrospectively, television memorabilia has had a fairly short history, with collectible items dating back to the 1940s.

Television’s “Golden Age” is said to have existed from the 1950s to early 1960s, with popular series broadcasts such as “I Love Lucy,” the “Tonight Show,” and “The Mickey Mouse Club.” The era’s program quality is purportedly linked to the rise in suburban living, with producers gearing shows to a growing middle class. By the late 1960s, many United States and European households owned televisions, as they became easily affordable. Subsequently, programs and networks widened, with genres developing along with culture.

Adding television memorabilia to a collection may be a matter of following a certain actor, series, character, or time period. Whatever the motivation, a collector has many choices, especially considering the growth of advertising and merchandising during the 20th century. Props, scripts, and authentic, signed pieces will be scarcer, specifically from television’s early days. Merchandise such as toys, clothing, books, and posters are often easier to locate.


Quick Facts

  • A manuscript Charlie Chaplin wrote in the late 1940s was found archived at Cineteca di Bologna in Italy and reconstructed by his biographer, David Robinson, as the novella, “Footlights”
  • A rare Felix the Cat wind-up toy carousel sold on a 2013 auction for $37,200. It is one of only several known to exist
  • One of the longest running American sitcoms is, “The Simpson’s,” beginning in 1989 through present day

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Polar Lights The Munsters Living Room Model Kit
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A Doctor Who Giant Inflatable Dalek, In Original Box, BBC 1996
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EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT (1997-2002) - Juda's (Guylaine St-Onge) Costume
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THE OFFICE (T.V. SERIES, 2005-2013) - "Schrute Buck" and Creed Bratton (Creed Bratton) Wanted Poster
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THE OFFICE (T.V. SERIES, 2005-2013) - Jim Halpert's (John Krasinski) "Goldenface" Golden Gun
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STARGATE (1994) - Collection of Storyboard and Blueprint Copies
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FUNKO WALKING DEAD AMC MERLE DIXON # 69 (MJT)
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1959 Fleer Three Stooges Moe
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1959 Fleer Three Stooges Moe
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Miley Cyrus | "Hannah Montana" Striped Top and Wardrobe Test Photo
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Pair of Bonanza Western Television Show Photo Prints
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DOCTOR WHO: DALEKS IN MANHATTAN (2007) - Cult of Skaro Pig Slave Mask
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STARGATE SG-1 (1997-2007) - Pair of Tollan Arm Devices
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VERONICA MARS (2004 - 2019) - Set of Four Hand-Drawn Opening Credits Artwork
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WATCHMEN (2019, T.V. MINI-SERIES) - Pair of Trieu Industries Hardhats
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WATCHMEN (2019, T.V. MINI-SERIES) - Pair of Trieu Industries Hardhats
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BATES MOTEL (T.V. SERIES, 2013 - 2017) - Jiao's (Diana Bang) Sketchbook
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BATES MOTEL (T.V. SERIES, 2013 - 2017) - Jiao's (Diana Bang) Sketchbook
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DOCTOR WHO (2005 - PRESENT) - Auton Mask
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DOCTOR WHO (2005 - PRESENT) - Auton Mask
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STAR TREK: GENERATIONS (1994) - Holodeck Promotion Ceremony Scroll
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STAR TREK: GENERATIONS (1994) - Holodeck Promotion Ceremony Scroll
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Sellers Who Sell Television Memorabilia


Kerry Taylor Auctions

Kerry Taylor Auctions

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn