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Object ID # 1990.021.016
Object Name Radio
Title Radio Receiver
Lexicon category 6: T&E For Communication
Credit line In Memory of Edwin Miller
Date 1920s
Made Northern Electric
Place of Origin Canada
Description Rectangular, wooden-cased radio receiver. The box is finished brown and is very plain. Its front has black Bakelite dials with white markings. The central dial was intended for tuning. The "Vernier" smaller one would assist in making a finer adjustment. There are also two other dials. At the left, there are two connections. One is "A" for Antenna, the other is "G" for Ground. At the right, there are more connections, with small screws to tighten the wires. The lid of the case is flat. The interior of the box suggests that the radio was home-made, as the back piece has incised carving, as if it was once intended for a piece of furniture. There is a cardboard coil wrapped with green-covered wire. Behind the dials are tuning condensers (these are also capacitators). There is a small glass resistor tube placed horizontally. There is also a radio tube socket which has the tube standing upright. Since this radio had a simple one-tube circuit, it required a headset. A battery was also used. (Connected at the right). The tube is approx. 6.5 cm long, and approx. 1.5 cm in diameter. Its base is black Bakelite, with an embossed wheel-like logo.
Makers mark Northern Electric is on its headset
The tube inside has an embossed, wheel-like logo to identify.
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 Wood/Bakelite/Cardboard/Finish/Glass/Wire/Metal
Dimensions H-17 W-47 D-16 cm
Found Normanby Township (formerly), Municipality of West Grey, Grey County
People Miller, John & Caroline
Subjects Radios
Communication devices
Function It is possible that this is a home-made set (one could buy parts and assemble one's own radio receiver). It is likely from the 1920s? Such a radio would require an outdoor antenna of long wire, usually between a house and a tree, which would have insulators, and a lead wire that came into the house. This example was used in a rural farmhouse in Grey County, Ontario.