Maker and Role
Radio (1936) Limited, Manufacturer
Radiogram - table model. "Ultimate-Courier" model RAC 152092. Wooden and rectangular shaped. Woven straw-like grille cloth over speaker. Semi-circular frequency dial with two black bakelite adjustment knobs beneath. Has a hinged lid. Radio/amplifier uses local type valves (not miniatures). All knobs in place. Object label: This is a table-based radiogram, a form of audio player that combines a radio and a gramophone. The Ultimate Courier radiogram was a step on from the larger furniture styled radiograms. Radiograms reached their peak popularity in the late 1950s, supported by cheaper production costs of vinyl records. They used valve technology and were superseded by transistor radios in the 1960s when valves began to be phased out. However, so many radiograms were made during the 1940s and 1950s, that they are much more common today than radios or televisions from the same period.
Signature/Marks and Type
Radio (1936) Limited. Circa 1952. Radiogram, F185.2001. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).