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What Television Was Like in 1939

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What Television Was Like in 1939

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Television made its very first public debut at the New York World's Fair in 1939.

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Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, Irving Berlin's piano, and Seinfeld's puffy shirt. These are just some of the many items flown, touched, played, and worn by American icons, whose great success stories can be found at the Smithsonian. Join us as we give lucky museum goers a chance to get close to some Seriously Amazing Objects. Many of these treasures are locked deep in the vaults and are not always on public display...until now.

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