By Eric P Wenaas
This comprehensive book documents and pictures every nationally advertised radio receiver and the major accessories sold by RCA during that first decade, with nearly 700 color photos of apparatus, magazine ads and promotional literature. While the focus of the book is on receiver apparatus, the historical context is also provided, sometimes with a unique spin on historical events, gleaned from extensive research of material from museum archives and other obscure documents. The author has relied almost entirely on original documents and contemporaneous articles, citing over 470 references. The history buff will find new and interesting information here not only on RCA but also on the companies that produced apparatus for them, including GE, Westinghouse, Wireless Specialty Apparatus, and Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co., as well as companies that used RCA radios and amplifiers in their own products, including Victor Talking Machine Co., Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. and Graybar Electric Company. This book is an essential reference for the library of radio historians and collectors alike.