The Brownie No 2 Receiver.
The Brownie Number 2's Origin.
The number 2 was manufactured by the Brownie Wireless Co. of
Great Britain Ltd. The set was available from September 1925
and appears in the 1925/6 Catalogue of the East London
Rubber Company. It is described as,
"Complete with Semi-Opal Protected Detector, D.L.5
Crystal and "Pallmadium" Cats whisker.
The whole attractively cartoned."
It sold for 10/6 (10 shillings and six pre-decimal pence), or 52.5 in today's terms,
not that even the halfpenny is left today ! This was at the time a very
competitive price, cheap compared with the wooden-cased models of
the time, which might have cost in the region of £1 to £5.
Also described is the 5XX Loading Coil,
Attached to a special moulded Coil Holder of
substantial and pleasing design.
This sold for 2/9 or 14 and a half pence.
The set is a cased in a black moulded ebonite case, and must be
among the very first of British wirelesses to be house in a
"plastic" case. The case contains a coil for the now medium-wave
band; it is tuned with a sliding arm. The crystal detector is
housed at the centre of the case.
The top has terminals for Aerial and Earth and, in the top centre,
the Loading Bridge. It is here where the coil for long wave could
be placed, the famous 5XX station. The bottom has the Phone
terminals and between them the tuning knob which moves the
sliding arm on the coil.
It could be used to tune to the new BBC medium wave transmitters
that rapidly appeared around the country following the launch of
2LO the London station in November 1922. 5XX was the callsign of
the long wave station at Daventry which started broadcasting in
1925 on 1600 Meters.
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