Philco Model 16B Cathedral Radio

America embraced a new technology in the wake of World War One: radio. The wide availability of affordable receivers allowed people across the country to access both local and national programming. Radio became so popular that even the Great Depression could hardly slow sales. Philco manufactured this model 16B “cathedral” style radio around 1933. The model 16B was an eleven-tube superheterodyne with two wave band receivers that could pick up broadcasts from as far away as Britain. The front of the case consists of a single speaker with four knobs—the station selector, tone control, wave band switcher, and the power and volume control.
Object Name
radio receiver
date made
ca 1933
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 49.1 cm x 42 cm x 32.2 cm; 19 5/16 in x 16 9/16 in x 12 11/16 in
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
model number
catalog number
accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Jane Petitmermet
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

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