Book: The History of Radio, in Pictures and Words

A coffee-table book from the American Museum of Radio and Electricity chronicles five centuries of progress

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NIGHT AT THE OPERA: Iron bedsprings could serve not only as the antenna but as the base for the detector in a crystal radio. In fact, crystal radios were so simple they could be dressed up in any number of ways, including a top hat and tails. In this Grafton China Works radio, made in Britain circa 1924, the coil winds around the hat and the crystal is a shirt stud.
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