The Original TV Dinners of the 50's, 60's, and 70's
TV had gotten so popular by 1953 that a guide was needed to keep track of all the shows. 1953 was the year that the TV Guide was published for the first time. It was also the year that the TV dinner was invented at Swanson. There's a fascinating story behind the invention of the TV dinner, which you can see here:
The invention of the TV dinner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzlkO8LIWrs&feature=related
Originally, they were in pewter trays, then aluminum. They were placed in an oven, and boy were they HOT when you took them out! Originally they didn't come with a dessert, but desserts like cobbler and brownies were added in 1960. As you can see from the video above, there were quite a variety of TV dinners in the 60's and 70's. You'll notice the original prices stamped on the boxes. There's no sound to the video - it's simply pictures of TV dinners of the past (Thank you to Bevilacqua1957 for creating the video and posting it on YouTube!)
The TV dinner allowed busy moms on extra busy days to prepare meals for their families with very little effort. These days, TV dinners, often called frozen dinners, can be prepared faster than ever since they are now heated up in the microwave in trays made of plastic or some sort of cardboard paper. There are so many varieties that they fill half of an aisle. People even have them for breakfast, and people take them to work too. They're not just for TV anymore.