The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Atwater Kent: 1925

Atwater Kent: 1925

Philadelphia, 1925. Frank Aiken and Atwater Kent at the new Atwater Kent radio factory. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Atwater Kent

In 1984 I married a (not so young) lady from Adamant, Vermont. Down a dirt road from her parents' house was Kent Corners, home of the original farmstead of Atwater Kent. A mile or so away was Maple Corners, where we had our wedding reception in the grange hall. Just up the hill by dirt road (all dirt, around there) was the Old West Church, built in 1824. Over the altar is still an inscription, "Remove not the ancient monument thy fathers have set".

Too bad the marriage only lasted four years.

Tuning In

Working one of these beasts was quite a chore.
http://www.ka7oei.com/ak20c.html
There are a lot of things we take for granted in modern radios.

Atwater Kent Radio

The radio on the table is the model 20 Compact, No. 7570, put into production in March 1925. Nearly a quarter of a million were made before production ended in 1927. One of my favorite sets.

Was this Frank Aiken the Irish politician or somebody else?

[Frank Aiken was chief engineer at Atwater Kent. - Dave]

Atwater Kent

The Atwater Kent radio was a quality set in the mid to late 1920's. My mother's family bought one in 1926 and still had it during WW2, when I would listen to it. Its power supply had been modified by then, and it lasted until 1949, when a 13 inch GE television set replaced it in the living room and it went to the garage.

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.