Radio Receiver, Type SE-950, Used by Charles Francis Jenkins in Experiment Detecting Radio Signals from Mars

Summary

The SE950 was produced commercially during WWI as a rugged field radio; its versatile nature allowed it to remain useful in Charles Francis Jenkins' laboratory. The radio was used in a curious 1924 experiment as Mars drew near Earth's orbit. The SE950 was connected to a device capable of photographically recording any "alien communication" broadcast during military-imposed radio silence.

The SE950 was produced commercially during WWI as a rugged field radio; its versatile nature allowed it to remain useful in Charles Francis Jenkins' laboratory. The radio was used in a curious 1924 experiment as Mars drew near Earth's orbit. The SE950 was connected to a device capable of photographically recording any "alien communication" broadcast during military-imposed radio silence.

Artifact

Radio receiver

Date Made

26 March 1918

Subject Date

August 1924

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

40.567.33

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Grace Jenkins.

Material

Brass (Alloy)
Nickel (Metal)
Plastic (Organic material)
Steel (Alloy)
Wood (Plant material)

Dimensions

Height: 13.625 in

Width: 8 in

Length: 14 in

Inscriptions

plaque: Radio Receiver Type SE950 Serial No. 161N Made for Bureau of Steam Engineering by National Electrical Supply Co. Washington, D.C. - - - Date: 3-26-18

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