Operadio 2 Portable Broadcast Receiver, 1923-1927

Summary

The Operadio 2 was among the first generation of commercial portable radios. While a "mobile" device weighing 30 pounds may be laughable to us now, the Operadio was a groundbreaking device. A self-contained system, its carrying case conceals batteries, a speaker horn--and a loop antenna in the lid that attaches to the top, where it swivels for better reception.

The Operadio 2 was among the first generation of commercial portable radios. While a "mobile" device weighing 30 pounds may be laughable to us now, the Operadio was a groundbreaking device. A self-contained system, its carrying case conceals batteries, a speaker horn--and a loop antenna in the lid that attaches to the top, where it swivels for better reception.

Artifact

Portable radio

Date Made

1923-1927

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

00.1435.5

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Composition (Material)
Leather
Leatherette
Rubber (Material)
Steel (Alloy)
Textile
Wire
Wood (Plant material)

Dimensions

Height: 12.5 in

Width: 9.5 in

Length: 17.5 in

Inscriptions

"Operadio/The Operadio Corporation/Chicago, U.S.A."

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