The Early Days of Television

Given that the first TV station to offer regularly scheduled broadcasts debuted in 1936, you may wonder how many people were working full-time in that new broadcast medium in 1940. Is there a fairly simple way to find out? Yes, there is!

In the bottom right corner of the Ancestry LE (Ancestry Library Edition) landing page (or midway on the HeritageQuest Online landing page), select 1940 from the U.S. Census box. Now try the following search:

SEARCH—KEYWORD: television (Exact)

This search returns 203 results.

You can also try this search, if you prefer:

SEARCH—OCCUPATION: television (Exact)

This search only returns 107 results, however.

You can use HeritageQuest Online at home (with a valid SLPL library card), or at Central Library or any of our branches.

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

Here’s a list of SLPL reference databases.

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