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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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1985 Topps Hulk Hogan RC
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6 1982 Allstar Wrestling Cards
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Framed Dr Who Tomb of the Cyber Men Framed Photo Print.
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Vintage Television, Lassie And Timmy Photo Print
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Cast of Gunsmoke, Western Photo Print
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1954 Howdy Doody Blue Bonnet Margarine Promos
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1954 Howdy Doody Blue Bonnet Margarine Promos
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TÉLÉVISION, PHOTO AVEC ROBERT HIRSCH.
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Est: €50- €100
€250 Bids
TÉLÉVISION : 3 PHOTOS.
Dec 09, 1:00 PM CET
TÉLÉVISION : 3 PHOTOS.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €250- €300
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TÉLÉVISION : 3 PHOTOS.
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TÉLÉVISION : 3 PHOTOS.
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Pair of Hee Haw Comedy Show Photo Prints
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Pair of Hee Haw Comedy Show Photo Prints
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Pair of Vintage Hee Haw TV Show Photo Prints
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NATPE International Chairman's Award 1989
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(8 Pc) Star Trek 25 Anniversary Collection Plates
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Sellers Who Sell Television Memorabilia


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