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Utility

  • Object:

    Receiver

  • Place of origin:

    Welwyn Garden City (made)

  • Date:

    1944 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Reynolds, G. D. Dr (designer)
    Murphy Radio Ltd. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pinewood

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.678-1975

  • Gallery location:

    20th Century, Room 76, case 5

Physical description

A rectangular, vertical wooden cabinet; at the top of the loudspeaker aperture is covered with a rectangular section of coarse fabric. Fluted wooden upright on the right and left hand side; small rectangular plastic tuning scale beneath the loudspeaker and above two plastic controls knobs. On the base is attached a revolving circular disc to assist easy rotation of the receiver. Mains operated, medium waveband only.

Place of Origin

Welwyn Garden City (made)

Date

1944 (made)

Artist/maker

Reynolds, G. D. Dr (designer)
Murphy Radio Ltd. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Pinewood

Dimensions

Height: 35.5 cm, Width: 30.4 cm, Depth: 17.5 cm

Object history note

Produced 1943-1944 through co-operative action within the industry and not bearing the name of any individual maker.

Descriptive line

radio, mains operated; English, 1943-4

Labels and date

Room 74, Twentieth Century Gallery label:
CIVILIAN RECEIVER, KNOWN AS THE 'UTILITY' OR 'INDUSTRY' SET
Designed by Dr. G.D. Reynolds (active 1940s), of Murphy Radio Ltd.
Made by Murphy Radio Ltd., Welwyn Garden City (Chassis code U7), Great Britain, 1944
3 Valves; pinewood cabinet
Circ.678-1975
This model was produced under Government directive by 42 different companies to counter shortage of domestic sets. An M.P. commented that 'whilst the components of the new Utility sets are very good and efficient, the outside appearance is cheap and nasty.' [01/01/1992]

Materials

Pine

Categories

Household objects; Electrical appliances; Audio equipment

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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