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.