Reading Thoughts by Radio and Inventor Forecasts Private Radio Systems (May, 1924)

I wonder which idea readers in 1924 thought was more plausible; mind reading automatons or cell phones. Whatever the answer, one thing is clear: we need to come up with some way to use the word “radioplasm”. Google only returns two hits on this word and one of them is in another language.

Reading Thoughts by Radio

Can thoughts be read by radio? “Madam Radora” seems to prove that they can. Madam is not a human being, but a life-size automaton shown at the Permanent Radio Fair in New York. Her “thoughts” and movements are controlled entirely by wireless; no wires of any kind are attached to the table whereon she rests, and a liberal reward is promised the person who can prove that this is not true.

Trick Dog Gets Orders by Radio (Jun, 1939)

The dog fired a revolver? That’s one dexterous dog!

Trick Dog Gets Orders by Radio

BY TEACHING a dog to do tricks under “radio control,” Constable Denholm, of the Sydney, Australia, police force, has fulfilled a two-year-old ambition. In a recent demonstration, he strapped a miniature shortwave radio receiving set on the back of Zoe, an Alsatian police dog, and retired to a shack fifty yards away. Then he spoke commands into the microphone of a portable transmitter. In response to her master’s voice as it came through the ether, Zoe climbed up and down ladders, turned a faucet on and off, took off her collar, and fired a revolver.

BUILD THIS Beer-Keg Radio FOR YOUR GAME ROOM (Jun, 1938)



NOVEL as well as serviceable, the beer-keg radio described on these pages will make a useful addition to the furnishings in your game room. It can be used either as an end table or as a refreshment stand, and, since it is an entirely self-contained unit, operated by dry batteries, it can be carried onto a porch or even into the yard when warm summer days and evenings make this desirable. If you build this five-tube set carefully, it will give excellent reception from stations 1,000 miles or more away.

She shall have music wherever she goes! (Jul, 1947)

She shall have music wherever she goes!

Wherever you go with an RCA Victor Globe Trotter portable radio you’ll enjoy unusual richness and clarity of tone—volume enough for outdoor dancing—made possible through tiny tubes.

Miniature tubes save valuable space in small radios—space that can be used for larger and better loudspeakers and for longer lasting, radio-engineered RCA batteries.

Amos ‘n’ Andy Explained (Jun, 1930)

Amos ‘n’ Andy Explained

By A. A. BRILL, M.D. As told to Michel Mok

DR. A. A. BRILL is known as the ablest man in his field in this country. He brought psychoanalysis to America and has written two widely read books on the subject. In this absorbing article, he brings all his vast knowledge and experience to bear in an effort to show you exactly why the Amos ‘n’ Andy craze is now sweeping the country. He goes to the very heart of the matter and makes clear the secret of their great popular appeal.

I DISCOVERED, not long ago, a new phenomenon in American life. Literally millions of persons of all ages and stations are listening daily to Amos ‘n’ Andy, the “comic strip of the air.” But they do more than that. They take an intense personal interest in the two characters, their ups and downs, their adventures. To thousands of men, women, and children Amos ‘n’ Andy are not fictitious figures. They are real, living human beings.

Back-Seat Dial For Auto Radio (Nov, 1937)

Back-Seat Dial For Auto Radio

Back-seat control of automobile radios is made possible by a new device that fits all standard receivers. A conventional dial is mounted in the upholstery beside the rear seat of a car, and tunes the radio by means of a flexible shaft. The unit does not interfere with the regular dashboard control, and the two dials are synchronized so they always show the same station reading when either is turned.

4,000,000 Listen to Auto-Radios (Aug, 1936)

4,000,000 Listen to Auto-Radios

The amazing fact and figure story of the radio in your automobile.

BACK in 1922, William Lear, a Quincy, Illinois, radio experimenter, hooked up sixty odd pounds of complicated electrical equipment and sold it to Dr. Edward Martin, of Kahoka, Missouri.

The doctor fitted it into the back of his car and drove off to California. But he didn’t have much fun, he was too busy trying to tune in something—anything! Not until he was home again did he think to reverse the power plug, whereupon the contraption worked perfectly.

That was the first auto-radio.

New Refrigerator Has Built-in Radio Receiver (Aug, 1937)

New Refrigerator Has Built-in Radio Receiver

A REFRIGERATOR equipped with a built-in radio has been placed on the market. So popular was the first model that the manufacturer has made available a choice of several models in different sizes equipped with radio. This has been accomplished by having the radio mounted in the top of the refrigerator, and having the refrigerator constructed so that a top equipped with radio may be substituted for one without.

Radio and Electronics Today (Jun, 1952)

Radio and Electronics Today

A—Designed to send and receive radio messages in trucks, taxis, fire trucks, police cars and civil-defense passenger cars, this lightweight unit can be installed quickly by plugging it into a cigarette-lighter outlet to obtain the necessary six volts for operation. It is available in either a variable or fixed-frequency model and may be operated on various wavelengths. It has a power output of about four watts and -a range of approximately 20 miles. It also may be used on a standard 115-volt 60-cycle a.c. line

Blind Spots in Radio Mystify Science (Jun, 1924)

Blind Spots in Radio Mystify Science

WHAT is the mysterious force that makes certain spots on the earth’s surface apparently impervious to radio messages? Although about fifty of these “dead” gaps have been charted in North America, and its coastwise waters, no one has found the cause for the “blind” pockets. One of the largest dead gaps is just south of Hudson bay in Canada; another is over the ocean off Atlantic City, while a third is supposed to be in the vicinity of Camden, N. J. Neither does Mexico offer an entirely uninterrupted path to the wireless waves, for somewhere south of that country’s capital a blind spot has been found in the air, and further north, on the border of Texas, there is a gap that defies passage of the wireless.