Little boy watching TV on set in store window. (Photo by Ralph Morse//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Mother and two children sitting on floor of living room watching a western on TV. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Awe-struck Milwaukee baseball fan seized w. utter delight as he watches the Braves make a home run in the World Series as he mingles w. other at a TV party. (Photo by Francis Miller//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Writer Russell Finch taking portable television set to bathroom while smoking cigar and watching during his bath. (Photo by George Skadding//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Subway Series: Rapt audience in bar watching World Series game from New York on TV. (Photo by Francis Miller//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Milwaukee fans watch the 1957 World Series, when their Braves beat the Yankees in seven, behind three complete-game victories by the gutsy Lew Burdette
NY Giant fans watching a game on a motel TV, out of the range of the NY area TV blackout during home games. (Photo by John Loengard//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Railroad construction worker's family watching TV in trailer at a camp for Southern Pacific employees while other young residents sit outside. (Photo by Frank Scherschel//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Frank Sinatra watches his son, Frank Jr. a TV show, 1964
Fascinated group of swimmers at indoor swimming pool, watching large TV screen showing Russian Amb. to the UN Jacob Malik filibustering to tie the Security Council in parliamentary knots. (Photo by George Skadding//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Actress Diahann Carroll and David Frost watching themselves on separate talk shows. (Photo by Bill Ray//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Tenant farmer Thomas B. Knox and his family watch Ed Sullivan and ventriloquist Rickie Layne on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1958.
An adopted Korean war orphan, Kang Koo Ri, watches television in his new home in Los Angeles in 1956
The Kim Sisters — a Korean-born singing trio who had some success in the U.S. in the 1960s — watch television in Chicago in 1960
A "Three-Eyed TV Monster" created by Ulises Sanabria which permits simultaneous two- and three-screen viewing, 1961.
Community Antenna Television stations available to subscribers in Elmira, New York, in 1966
Sisters at St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie, Penn., watch a program on a new local TV station, 1949
Grade school kids in Minneapolis watch a video "classroom lesson" on TV while the city's public schools are on strike in 1951.
A crowd watches John F. Kennedy address the nation during the Cuban Missile Crisis, October 1962
Picketing workers watch TV in a tent outside the gates of a U.S. Steel plant in Gary, Indiana, during a strike in 1959
A traveling businessman watches TV in a hotel room in 1958
Eventual VP candidate Lyndon Johnson watches TV during the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles
Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, watch the 1960 GOP convention in Chicago from their hotel suite
Six-year-old girls use a "Winky Dink" drawing kit on their home TV screen as they watch the kids' program, 1953. The show, which aired for four years in the 1950s, has been cited as "the first interactive TV show," especially in light of its "magic drawing screen" — a piece of plastic that stuck to the TV screen, and on which kids (and, no doubt, some adults) would trace the action on the screen
Men gather to watch TV through a store window in Pennsylvania in 1948.