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RADIO HISTORY: THE STORY OF WIRELESS IN BRITAIN

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POPULAR WIRELESS

This magazine had its beginnings in the 1920s, well before Practical Wireless. It majored on the designs of John Scott Taggart and boasted a stellar group of names on its header, as can be seen above - names such as Sir Oliver Lodge and P.P. Eckersley (of BBC fame). A weekly publication, it rode the gathering wave of radio as a hobby until in the later 1930s it lost out to the increasingly successful formula that FJ Camm had created in his Practical Wireless.

There are still some who swear by the designs of Taggart - and others who consider his work idiosyncratic, odd and archaic. I will decline to comment.

RADIO CONSTRUCTOR

A post-war production, Radio Constructor was a rival to Practical Wireless and like all magazines it had its devotees.

The magazine ceased publication in 1981, probably because of the falling-off of interest in radio as a hobby rather than any fault of its editor or publishers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMATEUR WIRELESS was another early starter in the radio magazine sector. It ran until a take-over by Practical Wireless in the 1930s. Interestingly it featured a column by 'Thermion', with the title 'On Your Wavelength' - the selfsame one as FJ Camm used in the Practical Wireless of the 1930s onward. We must therefore assume that the Thermion of Amateur Wireless is the same one as that of Practical Wireless.

 

Kit receivers were popular, even if any savings made by purchasing a kit rather than a ready-made set were in all probability only modest.

A 1920s edition of the weekly Popular Wireless. Spot colour is used to help catch the eye of purchasers, a technique echoed by other magazines such as the later Practical Wireless of the 1930s, which used blue and red except for occasions, such as Christmas, when full four-colour front covers appeared.

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