Radios & TVs Photos

Early radios & TVs in the collections of various museums trace the development of the technology.

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Radio microphone used by Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover for first licensed radio station on January 15, 1921 in Pittsburgh now at Hoover Museum. West Branch, IA.Radio by B&C Radio Manuf. Co. of Boston at President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Park. Plymouth Notch, VT.Art Deco dancing ladies Stewart Warner Radio Speaker at Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Kalamazoo, MI.Radios by Walter Maria Kersting for Gemeinschaftserzeugnis der deutschen Rundfunkindustrie at Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany.
Radio microphone used by Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover for first licensed radio station on January 15, 1921 in Pittsburgh now at Hoover Museum. West Branch, IA.Radio (c1920) by B&C Radio Manuf. Co. of Boston at President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Park. Plymouth Notch, VT.Art Deco dancing ladies Stewart Warner Radio Speaker (1927) at Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Kalamazoo, MI.Radios (1928-33 & 1938) by Walter Maria Kersting for Gemeinschaftserzeugnis der deutschen Rundfunkindustrie at Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany.
Man Listening to the Radio painting by Max Radler at Lenbachhaus. Munich, Germany.Fairbanks-Morse Radio at New Mexico History Museum. Santa Fe, NM.Herman Miller Clock Co. model 4082 by Gilbert Rohde exhibited for 1933 Chicago Century of Progress Exposition at Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY.Bluebird radio by Walter Dorwin Teague of Sparton Corp. of Jackson, MI at Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany.
Man Listening to the Radio painting (1930) by Max Radler at Lenbachhaus. Munich, Germany.Fairbanks-Morse Radio (c1930-40) at New Mexico History Museum. Santa Fe, NM.Herman Miller Clock Co. model 4082 (c1933) by Gilbert Rohde exhibited for 1933 Chicago Century of Progress Exposition at Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY.Bluebird radio (1934) by Walter Dorwin Teague of Sparton Corp. of Jackson, MI at Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany.
Nocturne radio by Walter Dorwin Teague of Sparton Corp. of Jackson, MI at Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany.Mirror-faced Nocturne radio - model 1186 by Walter Dorwin Teague of Sparton Corp. at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Firestone "Air Chief" console radio at Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Kalamazoo, MI.Radio in Eisenhower family house which remains unchanged from when Ike's mother died in 1946. Abilene, KS.
Nocturne radio (1936) by Walter Dorwin Teague of Sparton Corp. of Jackson, MI at Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany.Mirror-faced Nocturne radio - model 1186 (c1936) by Walter Dorwin Teague of Sparton Corp. at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Firestone "Air Chief" console radio (1947) at Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Kalamazoo, MI.Radio in Eisenhower family house which remains unchanged from when Ike's mother died in 1946. Abilene, KS.
Radio cabinet at Hammond Castle Museum. Gloucester, MA.Crosley table radio & phonograph in servant's break room at Vanderbilt Mansion. Centerport, NY.Console radio by Philco at Clinton Birthplace Home. Hope, AR.Desk & radio in sun room in Staiti House at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.
Radio cabinet at Hammond Castle Museum. Gloucester, MA.Crosley table radio & phonograph in servant's break room at Vanderbilt Mansion. Centerport, NY.Console radio by Philco at Clinton Birthplace Home. Hope, AR.Desk & radio in sun room in Staiti House at Sam Houston Park. Houston, TX.
Radio receiver by Atwater Kent at LBJ Boyhood Home. Johnson City, TX.Radio receiver by Atwater Kent at LBJ Boyhood Home. Johnson City, TX.Wicker chair & table with radio sun porch at Chambers House Museum. Beaumont, TX.Radio-phonograph cabinet in western style by Shoshone Furniture Co. of Cody at Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Cody, WY.
Radio receiver by Atwater Kent at LBJ Boyhood Home. Johnson City, TX.Radio receiver by Atwater Kent at LBJ Boyhood Home. Johnson City, TX.Wicker chair & table with radio sun porch at Chambers House Museum. Beaumont, TX.Radio-phonograph cabinet in western style by Shoshone Furniture Co. of Cody at Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Cody, WY.
Table radio sets from the 1950s in Electropolis Museum. Mulhouse, France.Combo phonograph-radio by Wilhelm Wagenfeld for Braun of Frankfurt a.M. at Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany.Music cabinet by Herbert Hirche by Braun & screen by Egon Eiermann at Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany.Stereo combination by Achillle Castiglioni & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Brionvega of Milan, Italy at Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany.
Table radio sets from the 1950s in Electropolis Museum. Mulhouse, France.Combo phonograph-radio (1954-5) by Wilhelm Wagenfeld for Braun of Frankfurt a.M. at Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany.Music cabinet (1957) by Herbert Hirche by Braun & screen (1968) by Egon Eiermann at Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany.Stereo combination by Achillle Castiglioni & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Brionvega of Milan, Italy at Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany.
Dodge Panel Truck used by radio repair business at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.Radio operator's station of Douglas VC-118 Independence Presidential plane of Harry Truman at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Radio room aboard Battleship Alabama. Mobile, AL.Radio equipment of RCMP St. Roch at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.
Dodge Panel Truck (1936) used by radio repair business at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.Radio operator's station of Douglas VC-118 Independence (1947) Presidential plane of Harry Truman at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Radio room aboard Battleship Alabama. Mobile, AL.Radio equipment of RCMP St. Roch at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.
Radio room of USS Potomac with old & modern equipment. Oakland, CA.Radio room clock shows red silent times used to listen for distress signals on USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Antique tape recorder & entertainment sound system in USS Nautilus at Submarine Force Museum. Groton, CT.Radio room in USS Nautilus at Submarine Force Museum. Groton, CT.
Radio room of USS Potomac with old & modern equipment. Oakland, CA.Radio room clock shows red silent times used to listen for distress signals on USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Antique tape recorder & entertainment sound system in USS Nautilus at Submarine Force Museum. Groton, CT.Radio room in USS Nautilus at Submarine Force Museum. Groton, CT.
Radio room of USS Bowfin Submarine. Honolulu, HI.Radio room of Lightship Columbia at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.Radio transmitter as used by US Navy blimps at Tillamook Pioneer Museum. Tillamook, OR.WKY color TV camera at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.
Radio room of USS Bowfin Submarine. Honolulu, HI.Radio room of Lightship Columbia at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.Radio transmitter as used by US Navy (N.A.S.T.) blimps at Tillamook Pioneer Museum. Tillamook, OR.WKY color TV camera (1954) at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.
TV camera used in first Kennedy-Nixon debate by WBBM-TV Chicago now in JFK Library. Boston, MA.Antique TV audio control panel used in Kennedy-Nixon debate by WBBM-TV Chicago in JFK Library. Boston, MA.Early TVs & at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.Early Philco TV set at Warp Pioneer Village. Minden, NE.
TV camera used in first Kennedy-Nixon debate by WBBM-TV Chicago now in JFK Library. Boston, MA.Antique TV audio control panel used in Kennedy-Nixon debate by WBBM-TV Chicago in JFK Library. Boston, MA.Early TVs (RCA Victor 1950s) & (Bendix 1940s) at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum. Pierre, SD.Early Philco TV set at Warp Pioneer Village. Minden, NE.
First color TV set on market by Motorola at Warp Pioneer Village. Minden, NE.Self-service tube tester allowed TV owners to replace tubes at corner grocery stores at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.Model of how a live TV set worked in Lucille Ball memorial at Universal Studios. Orlando, FL.Marconi mirror-reflected television set in Electropolis Museum. Mulhouse, France.
First color TV set (1954) on market by Motorola at Warp Pioneer Village. Minden, NE.Self-service tube tester (c1950-60s) allowed TV owners to replace tubes at corner grocery stores at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.Model of how a live TV set worked in Lucille Ball memorial at Universal Studios. Orlando, FL.Marconi mirror-reflected television set (1966) in Electropolis Museum. Mulhouse, France.
Marconi mirror-reflected television set in Electropolis Museum. Mulhouse, France.RCA TT-5 Television at Kalamazoo Valley Museum released for broadcast of Roosevelt's speech to open 1939 NY World's Fair. Kalamazoo, MI.Zenith Portable Television with first cable reception capability at Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Kalamazoo, MI.1950's television in office of Eleanor Roosevelt in Val-Kill. Hyde Park, NY.
Marconi mirror-reflected television set (1966) in Electropolis Museum. Mulhouse, France.RCA TT-5 Television (1939) at Kalamazoo Valley Museum released for broadcast of Roosevelt's speech to open 1939 NY World's Fair. Kalamazoo, MI.Zenith Portable Television (1958) with first cable reception capability at Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Kalamazoo, MI.1950's television in office of Eleanor Roosevelt in Val-Kill. Hyde Park, NY.
Early television on porch of Eisenhower National Historic Site. Gettysburg, PA.Console TV in master bedroom of Eisenhower National Historic Site. Gettysburg, PA.

Early television on porch of Eisenhower National Historic Site. Gettysburg, PA.Console TV in master bedroom of Eisenhower National Historic Site. Gettysburg, PA.


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