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The History of Thurber in 12 Objects: Music and News In and Around Thurber

by Corey Holbert
An RCA Victor radio manufactured and used between 1930 and 1940 is the topic of discussion for this month’s blog. The radio stands eight inches high and ten inches wide. At the top of the radio is a leather handle accompanied by a red antenna wire that wraps around the handle before attaching to a metal screw under the bottom. The radio has one speaker, a dial and two knobs on the front. The leather handle would’ve made carrying easy for Mr. Jim R. Wilson, the original owner of the radio. Traditional radios are rare in today’s society with many families opting to stream music, use CD players, or even their cellular devices to enjoy their favorite tunes or talk radio shows. Live in the past with us for a moment and imagine what you may have listened to on your RCA radio.


The 1930s is considered the Golden Age for radios in America. At the start of the decade, as many as 12 million American families had radios in their homes. By the end of the decade, that number more t…

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