Swanson TV Dinner Tray


The TV dinner represented a change in the way Americans were thinking about food. Introduced in 1954 by Swanson & Sons, of Omaha, Nebraska, it offered women--more and more of whom were working outside the home but still assumed to be responsible for cooking--an alternative to time-consuming meal preparations. The prepackaged TV dinner appealed to busy families because it required little time or effort and yet provided a well-balanced, nutritious meal.

Maker: Swanson Company

Referenced: United States: Nebraska, OmahaUnited States: Nebraska

See more items in: Work and Industry: Food Technology, Food, National Treasures exhibit

Exhibition: Food: Transforming the American Table

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Web Publication: http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

Related Publication: Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History, National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition

Credit Line: Campbell Soup Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1987.0265.01Accession Number: 1987.0265Catalog Number: 1987.0265.01

Object Name: TV dinner tray

Physical Description: aluminum (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 in x 9 in x 3/4 in; 17.78 cm x 22.86 cm x 1.905 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-653c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_741033

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