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Pye 232 radio, c 1928.

Richardson, Claire

Pye 232 radio, c 1928.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


A two-valve domestic radio receiver with a brown Bakelite case, made by W G Pye and Co of Cambridge. When combined with a wood flour filler, phenol formaldehyde, known by its trade name 'Bakelite' after its inventor, Leo Baekeland, forms a useful mouldable plastic, with very good electrical insulating properties. It was the first plastic to be used for making radios.

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