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Radio - Bakelite, circa 1930 Object Reg. No: SH 923183

Summary:
Alternative Name(s): Wireless. Radio - Bakelite, circa 1930. Used in a psychiatric hospital in Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930. Two missing control knobs, one for volume and one for station selection, on each lower side of radio. Station selection dial for short wave/interstate radio stations between volume and station knobs. Knobs may have been removed so that patients could not alter settings.
Description:
Large, dark brown, oval-shaped Bakelite electric radio. Two missing control knobs, one for volume and one for station selection, on each lower side of radio. Station selection dial for short wave/interstate radio stations between volume and station knobs. Brown and cream woven fabric covers large area over two-thirds of the top part where speaker is located. Back of radio is open allowing access to valves inside radio. Four small lugs on base of radio.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mayday Hills Hospital, 1992
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 30.00 cm (Height), 27.00 cm (Width), 52.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, recreation activities, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Institutional Life
Tertiary Classification: recreation
Inscriptions: Inscribed adhesive tape l.l., handwritten "VOLUME"; l.r. "STATIONS"; small plaque on top "LOCAL REMOTE". "[Extensive markings]".
Place Used: Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, Circa 1930

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