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The Salt Lake Tribune: America celebrates 50 years of TV dinners
Fifty years ago, thanks to a convergence of trains, planes and too many turkeys, the TV dinner made its debut, freezing in time how -- and where -- America serves dinner.
The first "television dinner," as Swanson frozen foods named its invention, arrived in 1953 on a three-compartment aluminum tray.
The largest section was filled with slices of roast turkey -- light and dark meat -- on top of corn bread stuffing and smothered with gravy. The two smaller compartments included potatoes and peas, both topped with pats of creamy butter. (A fourth compartment for dessert was added later.)
The original TV dinner sold for 98 cents, about $6 in today's economy, and could be heated in about 20 minutes in the oven. (No microwaves back then.)
It was even packaged to look like a wood-paneled television set, knobs and all.
(via PopCult Magazine)