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The sets on this wall are samples of televisions manufactured during the “television boom” right after the end of the second world war. In 1946 there were only a few thousand sets that were sold in the US, but by 1950 there were over 8 million. This was due to the repurposing of surplus war tubes, and the use of materials like metal and plastic brought the cost down to a more affordable level.