Here on page 383 of the Sears 1969 Christmas Wish Book is a wide selection of large-screen color televisions. The ad says, "You can't buy a bigger color TV picture anywhere (23 inch diagonal measure)." It's hard to imagine at this point in time where even third-generation welfare homes have 42" widescreen plasma and LED sets for about the same price. Back then TV owners had to actually pay for their own or settle for something less, but today it's an entitlement.
Use the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' inflation calculator to see what items cost in today's dollars. That $629.95 23" console color TV would cost $3,780.09 in 2011 money!
Posted February 20, 2011