Hallicrafters S-40 radio receiver


Amateurs began making home radios to transmit and receive messages early in the 1900s. As part of the 1912 Radio Act, these "hams" were assigned to the short-wave part of the radio spectrum. Radio operators around the world learned code, formed clubs, and exchanged cards listing their license numbers.

In 1933, radio enthusiast William (Bill) J. Halligan of Chicago founded The Hallicrafters, Inc. The firm sold radios and other electronic components. Ham radio operation in the U.S. was suspended during World War II, and Hallicrafters devoted its resources to producing military goods.

After the war, it resumed production for consumers. Hobbyists bought receivers like this one. This sturdy object was owned by Charles E. Dennison, a longtime employee of the Smithsonian Institution.

Reference: Max de Henseler, "When the Sky was the Limit, The Hallicrafters Story 1933-1975," unpublished manuscript.

Date Made: ca 1946

Maker: Hallicrafters, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: from Charles E. Dennison

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: EM.334935Catalog Number: 334935Accession Number: 315488Model Number: S-40

Object Name: radio receiver

Physical Description: steel (overall material)glass (overall material)rubber (overall material)plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8 1/2 in x 18 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in; 21.59 cm x 46.99 cm x 26.67 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-0b18-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1271692

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