This radio was manufactured by Bush, a well-known radio company.
The radio is box-shaped, is portable and is made of Bakelite. One
side has been removed to display the interior components.
At the front of the radio is an indented panel containing the
controls and speaker outlet. The control section forms the lower
part of the panel. The first knob on the left turns the radio on,
and also controls the volume. The middle knob sweeps a pointer back
and forward along one of two indicator lines on the panel, and this
is how the listener selects the station they want to listen to. The
knob on the right changes the wavelength from long to medium.
At the top of the control panel there is a cream decorated panel,
which has six slits through which sound travels towards the
Inside the box is a selection of valves and turning coils. When the
radio was turned on it needed time to warm up before it could
transmit effectively. Early radios were powered by electricity, so
had to be positioned near a socket. This confined music and
information to one place in the house. Portable radios, powered by
battery, were a major breakthrough, allowing the listener to move
around with the radio to different rooms in the house, and also
into the garden, beach or park.