Today, is an amazingly beautiful crisp, autumn day as the leaves are vibrant shades of orange and yellow. While a few which remain with more neutral hues of green and yellow, we know that it is only a matter of time that they two will gone on to go on to be a part of the ever-changing ecosystem as it is truly the time of year when Mother Nature puts on a show, a folly for all to experience from the gentle sounds of the wind blowing the already strewn veritable carpet of foliage that has already neatly landed upon the earth to the musty scent of their own metamorphic journey as they return to the land from which they sprung.
While one could go on forever describing the magical splendor of autumn, it is time to be a bit more specific and inform the gentle readers of this blog that the true subject matter is not about the natural splendor of fall, but the radio. You may be thinking…what do the two have in common? Well, I will tell you…It was on such an autumn day, 10 Nov. 1900, in which famed Italian tinkerer extraordinaire, Marconi , first patented the radio in the United States. To be accurate and give credit where credit is due, Marconi actually patented the invention on the work of genius, Nikola Tesla, who used a ocilialtor to transmit sound waves over the English channel. Tesla field for a patent in 1897 and it was granted in 1900. However, it was Marconi, who field the patent in the United States, that is actually known for the invention and won a Nobel Prize. Once again, history has ignored the true genuis of Tesla. Tsk..tsk..
Tesla and Marconi
The radio, unlike its originator, has indeed stood the test of time and is internationally known. It is one of the few inventions that has not become totally obsolete since its inception at the turn of the last century. Many of the first radios which were constructed for home use were in fact pieces of furniture. They were constructed with quality wood and were the focal point of many living rooms. They were THE entertainment of their day and not only provided the family with news, FDR’s fireside chats, but with entertaining programs like Fibber and Molly, The Shadow, Lone Ranger, Amos and Andy, etc. Programing that not only entered homes, but stimulated the imaginations of its listeners. How many other technological advances can you say that have done that?
Radios and their construction have evolved over the years to reflect the signs of the times. Wooden beauties that enhanced a seating areas, bakelite designs that mirrored cockpits of war like plains during the age of WWII, Mid Century Modern radios that looked as if at any time, they were ready to be projected into outer space, and so on.
Recently, we have begun acquiring a number of vintage radios to sell and hope that the public will not only admire them, but take these historic time capsules into their home to be enjoyed once again. Radios are amazing and we hope that if you have a vintage radio that you will cherish it and keep it for your own special traditions. Nothing else in the world sounds like a vintage radio and they are so very much fun to listen to. It’s a chance to bring an age-old family tradition back into mainstream America. With rich programming like Prairie Home Companion, etc. Why not indulge in a bir of family time and stir the imagination? Come, buy a vintage radio and make new memories.