B.T.H. headphones, bearing B.B.C. insignia

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Crystal wireless set, No. 2 model manufactured by Brownie Wireless Company, c. 1924 together with pair of B.T.H.
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Crystal wireless set, No. 2 model manufactured by Brownie Wireless Company, c. 1924 together with pair of B.T.H.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Crystal wireless set, No. 2 model manufactured by Brownie Wireless Company, c. 1924 together with pair of B.T.H.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

One pair B.T.H. headphones, bearing B.B.C. insignia, c. 1923

Until the end of the 1910s all radio signals carried messages in Morse code, not speech and music. The Marconi Company made the first 'entertainment' broadcasts in Britain in 1920. The BBC was founded two years later, as the British Broadcasting Company ('Company' changed to 'Corporation' in 1927). These headphones, marked with the BBC's logo, were typical of the kind used by broadcasters and listeners during the 1920s.

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Category:
Radio Communication
Object Number:
1971-10
type:
headphones
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • sound device
credit:
Bartholomew, G.

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