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Broadcast Receiver - AWA Fisk Radiolette, Model R29, circa 1935 Object Reg. No: ST 028360

A.W.A. Fisk Radiolette radio receiver, model R29, upright mantle pattern with bakelite case, with original guarantee card and instruction booklet. Made by Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) ltd., in Australia, about 1935.

It cost £(pounds)16/17/6.

The radio is known as the "Empire State" and was so named after AWA's new building in Sydney, which itself was modelled on the Empire State in New York. The cabinet was made in lustrious black Radelec. The set used five valves.

It used Superheterodyne technolog, invented in 1918, enabling the listener to tune a signal precisely and seperate it from other signals with similar wavelenghts. As more and more stations came on the air, tuning of radio without this technology, became more and more difficult, due to overlapping of station wavelenghts, especially at night. This model had six valves.
Fisk Radiolette with guarantee card and instruction booklet. Square illuminated tuning dial, with two controls below.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John McNally, 1972
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 28 cm (Height), 18 cm (Width), 18 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: industrial design, inventions, radio receivers, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Radio
Tertiary Classification: receivers
Inscriptions: Patent label on back lists a large number of Australian and New Zealand patents taken out between 1919 and 1933. Another label on rear reads "no.5 this instrument was manufactured under license granted by Australian Radio technical services and patents limited ..... N.B. A post office license is necessary", stamped "B8511".

SERIAL No.A0013183,
Manufacturer: Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd (AWA), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1935
Patentee: Australian Radio Technical Services & Patents Ltd, Australia, 1920-1933

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