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Volksempfänger radio, model VE 301w

  • Object:

    Radio

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (designed)
    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1933 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kersting, Walter Maria, born 1889 - died 1970 (designer)
    Statssfurter Rundfunk GmbH (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Compression-moulded phenol-formaldehyde resin ('bakelite'), electrical circuits, linen, printed card

  • Museum number:

    W.7-2005

  • Gallery location:

    The Sainsbury Gallery, case CA30

The Volksempfänger radio was the brainchild of Joseph Goebbels who realised 'the revolutionary impact of the invention of radio, which gave the spoken word true mass effectiveness'. It was expressly intended as a propaganda tool for the Nazi government and the model number - VE 301w - refers to the date of Hitler's assumption of power in January 1933. It sold for 76 Reichmarks, a third of the price of competitors. Walter Maria Kersting's simple design was made under license by 28 different manufacturers, and the radio was specifically manufactured to only receive medium-wave signals, thereby limiting the possibility of listening to stations from outside Germany.

Physical description

Rectangular brown bakelite radio with circular loudspeaker covered in linen fabric in the centre of the upper part of the front, above three control knobs arranged horizontally along the bottom edge. A moulded arc around and over the central knob frames the tuning dial. Printed card backboard.

Place of Origin

Germany (designed)
Germany (made)

Date

1933 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Kersting, Walter Maria, born 1889 - died 1970 (designer)
Statssfurter Rundfunk GmbH (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Compression-moulded phenol-formaldehyde resin ('bakelite'), electrical circuits, linen, printed card

Dimensions

Height: 39 cm, Width: 27.7 cm, Depth: 17 cm with knobs

Descriptive line

Volksempfänger radio, model VE 301w, brown bakelite case with linen, designed by Walter Maria Kersting and manufactured by Statssfurter Rundfunk GmbH, Germany, 1933

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hawes, Robert and Sassower, Gad. Bakelite Radios (Edison, New Jersey, 1996)
p.123

Materials

Bakelite; Linen; Card; Electrical components; Phenol formaldehyde

Techniques

Compression-moulding; Printing

Categories

Household objects; Electrical appliances; Plastic; Entertainment & Leisure; Audio equipment; Politics

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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