Vintage TV Trays
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A 1957 ad for TV tray sets in a variety of styles and colors. These Cal-Dark Roll-a-Tray TV tray table sets are, according to the ad, "The handiest thing around the house...(next to a husband)" I'm sure there are many women who would disagree with that one. TV trays were very common back in the 1950s and continue to be today. I had a number of friends who grew up eating dinner at the dinner table only when they had company. Otherwise, they ate at the TV.
GROOVY Folding lap tray- midcentury -flower motif - bed tray- portable desk - vintage folding leg tray - collapsible -TV tray - retro tray
GROOVY Folding lap tray- midcentury -flower motif - bed tray- portable desk - vintage folding leg tray - collapsible -TV tray - retro tray by oakiesclaptrap on Etsy
TV tray tables became popular in the 1950s as a way to hold food and beverage items while watching TV. The iconic item for TV trays was the TV dinner. National advertising for TV tray tables first appeared in 1952, a full year before Swanson introduced the TV dinner in October 1953. A set of four TV tables were sometimes sold mounted on a small rack where they could be hung when not in use. This rack was popularly placed in a corner of the living room.