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Object ID # 1990.021.017
Object Name Speaker
Title Radio Speaker
Lexicon category 6: T&E For Communication
Credit line In Memory of Edwin Miller
Date 1925
Year Range from 1925
Year Range to 1930
Artist Unidentified maker
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Horn-style radio speaker, 1925 (patent). Black colour finish on the metal. The speaker can be dismantled by loosening its knurled thumb screws. The interior of the bell of the horn is decorated with some butterfly decals. The item has a length of brown fabric-covered wire attached to its pedestal-style base. Some green felt on the underside of the base prevented damage to whatever it was sat upon. It likely was used in conjunction with the radio receiver.

Provenance Manufacturer unknown.
Formerly owned by Caroline and John Miller. Caroline's parents were Jacob and Elizabetha Ruppenthal. The Millers lived in a farm house south of Hanover, in Normanby Township, Grey County.
Last owned by Dorothy Miller (neƩ Miller), who was married to Edwin Miller, a brother of the last two occupants of the Miller farmhouse. They were twin brothers, Noah and Aaron Miller.
Collection Telecommunication Equipment Collection
Material Metal/Wire/Felt/Brass
Dimensions H-40.8 cm
Found Normanby Township (formerly), Municipality of West Grey, Grey County
Function This is a table-top-style radio speaker. It would be used in conjunction with a radio receiver. It was formerly used in a Grey County, Ontario farmhouse.
"The earliest attempts at loudspeakers began with simple radio sets, which were able to supply only enough audio power to operate headphones. They involved combining the electro-dynamic diaphragm of the head phone with a resonance horn similar to that of a gramophone's. With a good signal, the resulting device meant the difference between one person only listening to the radio, or several persons at close proximity in a quiet room doing the same without head phones. Sound levels were modest at best." (unknown source)