By Jonathan Hill
Published by: Sunrise Press
ISBN 09511448 71
This British book first published in 1986 is well known to collectors of
UK domestic radio sets. The book now in a third edition has 320 pages and over 1000 illustrations. The pages are A4 size with hard covers and a dust jacket.
Radio! Radio! traces the development of radio from the 19th century through to the 1970s. Its scope does not include military radios or technical circuit design - it does include the development of circuit design
For me the book serves three areas,
- The History of Radio
- A Guide to Radio Sets for collectors
- It portrays a lost style
The book details in some depth the development of the technology that enabled wireless
communication through to the development of radio receivers. The content is essentially UK related, the
international pioneers are not ignored but this is a book telling of the British radio scene. It is easy to
read and very well illustrated. As the "golden years" are told the book shows hundreds of photographs
of the time.
With the comprehensive indexes and chronological layout it is easy to look up a radio and see
key features of the set including the original purchase price, number of valves, bands etc. Collectors
can identify unknown sets and empty cases by looking through what is almost a catalogue of UK
manufactured radio sets. Such information allows collectors to research manufacturers, identify new
areas of interest and target collections.
I canít hope to acquire all the radio sets that I would like, with this book I can at least see photograph after
photograph of classic radios. Page 159 of the second edition has a large black and white 1940s
photograph of a desk with a young woman sat at it. Through the window is a car, to the right of a table
and telephone sits a Murphy Model AD94 in a black bakelite cabinet. The whole scene screams out of a lost style that this book both catalogues and preserves.
In my opinion an essential book for the UK radio collector, historian or enthusiast. The book is
available direct from
Sunrise Press, 13 Belmont Road, Exeter, Devon EX1 2HF, UK. Telephone (+44) (0)1392 411565 or
Disclaimer: All opinions my own. I have no connection with
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