September 10th: TV Dinner Day

Septemner 10th: TV Dinner Day

On September 10, 1953 the TV Dinner was introduced to a grateful nation by C.A. Swanson & Sons. The pre-packaged, frozen meal could be heated in the kitchen oven, retrieved during a TV commercial break, and consumed on a folding tray table whilst the family watched programs on any of the three broadcasting networks. God Bless America.


“Freeze! It’s National Frozen TV Dinner Day,” Kim Wendel, WKYC-TV

“Tray Bon!” Owen Edwards, Smithsonian Magazine

New, improved 1960s dinners!


“TV makes us fat!” Abigail Carroll, Salon


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