Brownie crystal radio receiver and pair of Lisen headphones, mid 1920s.
3 2 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Brownie crystal radio receiver and pair of Lisen headphones, mid 1920s.

Whicher, Adrian

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

For many early radio listeners, purchasing a receiver which came with a loudspeaker was prohibitively expensive. Instead, they would listen to programmes through headphones. A crystal radio sets was a simple and cheap option. It consisted basically of a tuned circuit and a crystal detector, and had no batteries, the power delivered to its headphones all coming from the transmitter. This radio was manufactured by the Brownie Wireles Co of Great Britain Ltd.
 

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