The “First” A.C. Radio Receiver

vintageradio 4) Radio Enters the Home (1920-1927), collections

Prior to 1925, virtually all radio receivers operated from batteries. The invention of the A.C. rectifier tube made “plug in” radios possible and this one one of the first. Console featuring inlaid marquetry woodwork with lower front fold-out dial panel including 4 tuning knobs. Superheterodyne receiver. The upper round cloth grille features 5 panel cut-outs and stands on 4 fluted …

David Sarnoff Horn Loudspeaker: ca 1924

Eric Shew 4) Radio Enters the Home (1920-1927), collections

In 1924, David Sarnoff, President of RCA, commissioned a group of artisans in Czechoslovakia to construct a pair of horn speakers so beautiful and different that they would attract all buyers in this country. Upon the completion of the prototypes, they were sent to Mr. Sarnoff with a quotation of their cost in quantity. Unfortunately, despite their exceptional beauty and …