Archive ID: FIC-0000-025

Crosley shortwave radio

Date Created: circa 1940s

Donor: Southeast Chicago Historical Society

Media Type: Object

Language: English


Radios were primary sources of home entertainment during the 1920s to 1940s. According to historian Lisabeth Cohen, by 1930, there was one radio for every two or three households in industrial neighborhoods in Chicago. Chicago had a lively early radio scene. Radio programs in the 1920s were often local and sponsored by churches, ethnic, educational, or labor groups. Mass entertainment programs came later. This particular radio model was made in the early 1940s and could receive broadcast radio, short wave, and police reports. Its original cost was $24.95 and the push buttons were a highlighted feature. Southeast Chicago residents have donated a number of radios to the Museum.

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