Inaugural Ceremonies for President Truman

Title

Inaugural Ceremonies for President Truman

Description

The 1949 Inauguration of President Harry S. Truman was the first to be broadcast live on television. This footage from the US Air Force was shot from behind where Truman stood to take the oath of office. As the camera pans, one of the press platforms is visible above the crowd. Roughly 600,000 people attended the inauguration at the east front of the Capitol Building. Approximately ten million people tuned in to watch the ceremony on television, some gathering in movie theaters or public libraries. 

Source

National Archives at College Park. View original.

Date

1/20/1949

Coverage

Transcription

No sound.

Duration

18 seconds

Description

The 1949 Inauguration of President Harry S. Truman was the first to be broadcast live on television. This footage from the US Air Force was shot from behind where Truman stood to take the oath of office. As the camera pans, one of the press platforms is visible above the crowd. Roughly 600,000 people attended the inauguration at the east front of the Capitol Building. Approximately ten million people tuned in to watch the ceremony on television, some gathering in movie theaters or public libraries. 

Creator

Department of Defense.

Date

1/20/1949

Coverage

1920-1949

Source

National Archives at College Park. View original.