TV Guide Close-Up: Salute to Television’s 25th Anniversary

Here’s a TV Guide Close-Up from September 1972 promoting “Salute to Television’s 25th Anniversary” on ABC:

Scanned black and white TV Guide Close-Up for Salute to Television’s 25th Anniversary

TV Guide Close-Up for Salute to Television’s 25th Anniversary – Copyright 1972 Triangle Publications, Inc.

For the purposes of “Salute to Television’s 25th Anniversary,” ABC determined the birth of television occurred in 1947. Not having seen the special, I can’t say if an exact date was specified. The Close-Up claims the special featured clips from over 400 shows. I wonder how many of those clips were from 1947…

Although the Close-Up doesn’t say it, Zenith sponsored the special. It’s full title is apparently “Zenith Presents A Salute to Television’s 25th Anniversary.”

This particular Close-Up is from the Western New England Edition of TV Guide. Channel 5 was WCVB-TV in Boston, MA; Channel 8 was WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT; and Channel 40 was WHYN-TV in Springfield, MA.

Image Credit:
TV Guide, September 9th, 1972 (Vol. 20, No. 37), Western New England Edition, A-28.

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3 Replies to “TV Guide Close-Up: Salute to Television’s 25th Anniversary”

  1. I did a Google search on this and discovered that modcinema put out a DVD of the special. I don’t know if modcinema provides trustworthy or low quality “bootleg” products, but if anyone is interested in the special the DVD is available at several online outlets.

  2. About that time, RCA put out an LP record “The Age of Television,” described as “A chronicle of the first 25 years .”

    Included was a booklet that had a page for each year 1947 through 1971, with pictures of a few personalities and programs form each year, For 1947, the only picture was a test pattern for NBC station WNBT New York.

    The record included very brief audio portions of various shows. I still have the record and booklet, but have not had a record player for several years.

  3. I’m wondering if it’s referring to 25 years of Zenith TVs.
    According to Wikipedia:
    “The first Zenith television set appeared in 1939, with its first commercial sets sold to the public in 1948.” So 1947 would be referring more to public TVs. It’s similar to the way that home computers didn’t really come about until around 1980 even though the computer existed decades before.

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