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Old 07-20-2002, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default When did TV's & Radios become widely available?

Have heard that there was a similar bubble in the stock market when Radio & TV were introduced & became widely accepted, when did TV's & radios start to hit the mainstream, I think it was in the 50's, for the TV, but when in the 50's?

I found Yahoo has DJIA chart for the last 70 years and & am trying to match the stock market bubble with TV & Radio introductions.
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Old 07-20-2002, 01:02 PM   #2
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early "20's for the radio
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Old 07-20-2002, 01:17 PM   #3
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The first commercial radio station was KDKA in Pittsburgh in 1920. But it was probably mid to late 20's before radio was widely available across the country.

I think there were some experimental local TV broadcasts as early as the late 30's, but TV didn't really get going until the late 40's, and that was only in major cities. It was probably mid 50's before TV was available to most of the country.

EDIT: kamiam is right, it's more like early 20's for radio adoption. Quicker than I thought.

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Old 07-20-2002, 01:29 PM   #4
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Radio in 1921, TV in 1946. Because of how expensive each was at first, radios really caught on in 1924 and TV's in 1951.
You won't see a very large bubble in the market with the advent of TV because of how soon it occurred after the War and the Great Depression, as well as the fact that the relatively new SEC had teeth in those days.
The bubble that occurred with the advent of radio, particularly in the late 20s, was profound. And it wasn't just radio but the new widespread availability of recorded music and the beginnings of what we call today the "Music Industry." Prior to 1925, music what mostly sold as sheet music.
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Here's the DJIA covering appx 70 years, anyone got something that covers more time?

Yahoo DJIA appx 1927-2002
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Here's the DJIA covering appx 70 years, anyone got something that covers more time?

Yahoo DJIA appx 1927-2002
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Old 07-20-2002, 02:16 PM   #8
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