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How far does the Coronation explain the growth of television viewers in the 1950's?

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How far does the Coronation explain the growth of television viewers in the 1950's? Between 1947 and 1959, the amount of television licences that had been sold increased very rapidly from only 0.1 million to almost 10 million. The coronation was in 1953 and the largest increase in the amount of televisions that had been sold was between 1953 and 1959. This tells us that most of the people that brought televisions during this time period did not only buy them because of the coronation as the majority were sold in the years following it. Therefore, from this evidence we can tell that there must have been other reasons besides the coronation why the television became such a popular accessory. In 1953 queen Elisabeth was crowned. All of the people in England were able to view this on television sets, and it became clear that seeing it on television would be a lot better, and you would see a lot more than if you went to London and saw it in real life, because obviously access to the cathedral and the grounds around it would be very limited. ...read more.

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Most children could not afford wooden hoops when that season came around, but an old bicycle wheel with a tyre made a good substitute." This extract from a conversation with a friend in the 80's tells us that there were a few things for children to do, but most of them involved being outside, and to be outside, the weather must be good, and you can never rely on the weather. If it was raining or snowing and the children could not go out, it would leave very little for them to do, and the few things that they could do, would probably get boring after a while. So a television would mean that the children always had something to occupy them, and no one could ever get bored of television because there are so many different programs - it was a better quality of entertainment than had been seen before. Secondly, people's wages and liesure time were increasing at this time, which meant that more people could afford televisions when they could not before. ...read more.

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Fifthly, probably one of the most important reasons that television sales increased so much was because to have a television aerial up on your roof, was a huge status symbol, and, in the words of a man aged 60, describing his early memories of television - "You could tell from the aerials who had and hadn't got sets. I remember that we were one of the first three in the road to get one. If you had a car and a TV set, you'd really arrived." From this extract, we can see how very important having a television was to a lot of people - and just for a slightly higher status. And lastly, there were bound to be other popular national events happening that would be broadcast on television, and a lot of people also brought televisions so as to ensure that they had a television to see them. So, in conclusion, the coronation did help a little in starting the sudden rise in the amounts of televisions being sold, but mostly, people brought televisions for more personal reasons, i.e. for a better status, for better entertainment, and simply to have a little bit of the new technology that was sweeping the nation and completely fascinating everyone. Amie Lenkowiec 10H Essay.doc ...read more.

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