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Unformatted text preview: the 1930s, it was not widely marketed until after the war. In 1946 the country had fewer than 17,000 television sets. Three years later consumers were buying 250,000 sets a month, and by 1960 three-quarters of all families owned at least one set. In the middle of the decade, the average family watched television four to five hours a day. Popular shows for children included Howdy Doody Time and The Mickey Mouse Club ; older viewers preferred situation comedies like I Love Lucy and Father Knows Best . Americans of all ages became exposed to increasingly sophisticated advertisements for products said to be necessary for the good life....
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