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Artists Anna Pilipyuk and Vladimir Shipotilnikov have created the project “My First TV” to showcase the pride that people in the Soviet Union took in their television sets. They gathered photos of people posing with their TVs from the years between World War II and Perestroika.
The introduction of televisions in America in the late 1920s was followed by the unveiling of the first mechanical television in the Soviet Union in 1932. This early model required a radio connection to function.
After World War II, mass production and distribution of televisions began in the USSR. Despite the high cost of 900-1200 rubles, 61% of urban families owned a TV by 1970, with an average salary of 600-800 rubles.