Products that were popular during the 1950s include televisions, Howdy Doody, TV Guide, Lucky Strike cigarettes and Coca-Cola. The soft drink company was the first to have an advertising campaign on TV. Many products became popular after customers saw them in shows or commercials.
By the 1950s, approximately two thirds of households in the United States owned a television; this technology would go on to change how news and politics were presented to Americans. One of the most common products advertised on TV was cigarettes; "I Love Lucy" frequently featured them. Cartoon characters were commonly seen in commercials and advertised products such as Rice Krispies cereal.