Swanson TV Dinner Tray

Swanson TV Dinner Tray

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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.
Object Name
TV dinner tray
Swanson Company
United States: Nebraska, Omaha
United States: Nebraska
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
overall: 7 in x 9 in x 3/4 in; 17.78 cm x 22.86 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Campbell Soup Company
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
National Treasures exhibit
Food: Transforming the American Table
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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When I was a kid I remember getting tv dinners made by Swanson that was beans and franks with corn bread. Do you think that will ever come back?

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