Emerson Radio

Description (Brief)
This radio dates from the late 1930s. By this time radio had become the dominant form of home entertainment in the United States. Americans were glued to their sets to hear their favorite programs, be captivated by sports events, and stay updated with the latest news. Throughout the decade, President Franklin Roosevelt used this popular medium to reach out to Americans with his “Fireside Chats.” On September 3, 1939, he gave his famous talk on the outbreak of the European war.
Currently not on view
Object Name
radio receiver
date made
ca 1938
ca 1940
Emerson Radio and Television Corporation
Emerson Radio Corporation
overall: 10 3/4 in x 16 1/2 in x 8 1/4 in; 27.305 cm x 41.91 cm x 20.955 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
1939 exhibit
Popular Entertainment
Family & Social Life
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Work and Industry: Electricity
1939 exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Virginia Lee Grimes

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