The world’s first-ever television commercial aired exactly 75 years ago

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Television commercials didn’t always dominate the airwaves.

For the first years of the medium’s existence, TV advertising was actually banned by the federal government (not that it stopped a few bold broadcasters from experimenting illegally).

The American public wasn’t introduced to the first legal TV ad until June 1, 1941 — exactly 75 years ago — when the Bulova Watch Co. interrupted a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies. The commercial was a simple video of a ticking watch backed by a voiceover telling the few thousand local viewers watching what time it was.

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Via: Mashable: Advertising

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