U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for June 25

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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TUESDAY, JUNE 25: COLOR-CASTING

Profile America — Tuesday, June 25th  Today is the anniversary of the first color television broadcast.  In 1951, CBS transmitted the appropriately named program "Premiere" from New York City, and through stations in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia.  The program was seen in color only at a few select facilities, because color sets for the home weren't available until 1954.  By the end of 1957, while nearly 39 million U.S. households had TV sets, only 150,000 were color units.  Sales of color sets caught up with those of black and white sets around 1970.  Today, some $19 billion worth of LCD and plasma screen TVs are sold annually.  You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:  www.earlytelevision.org
Historical Statistics of the United States:  Colonial Times to 1970, p. 796
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1033

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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