Broadcast Receiver with moulded Bakelite cabinet

Made:
circa 1936 in Perivale
maker:
Philco Corporation
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Philco model 444 broadcast receiver (moulded Bakelite cabinet; less back), c. 1936
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Philco model 444 broadcast receiver (moulded Bakelite cabinet; less back), c. 1936
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Philco model 444 broadcast receiver (moulded Bakelite cabinet; less back), c. 1936
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Philco model 444 broadcast receiver (moulded Bakelite cabinet; less back), c. 1936
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Philco model 444 broadcast receiver (moulded Bakelite cabinet; less back), c. 1936
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Broadcast Receiver with Moulded Bakelite Cabinet
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Philco model 444 broadcast receiver (moulded Bakelite cabinet; less back), c. 1936. From a colour transparency in the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Broadcast Radio Receiver, Model 444, Philco Corporation, USA. c. 1936.

The Philco Model 444 radio receiver was made in 1936 by Philco UK, a subsidiary of the American battery, radio, and television manufacturer Philco Corporation (1892-1974). Known as ‘The People’s Set’ due to its comparatively lower price, Model 444 was a response to criticisms made against British radio manufacturers that their unaffordable prices limited who could enjoy radio broadcasts. Though still expensive (costing £6, approximately over £300 today) the tabletop device was made of moulded Bakelite with a central speaker panel covered in fabric, volume and wave band known as well as a tuning dial.

Details

Category:
Radio Communication
Object Number:
1981-898
Materials:
bakelite and metal (unknown)
Measurements:
overall: 400 mm x 330 mm x 260 mm,
weight (estimated): 5 kg
type:
radio receiver
taxonomy:
  • components
  • components