Zenith Radio

QUESTION:  In which technology was the Zenith Radio Company NOT an early pioneer?
A). Telegraph
B). Wireless Remote Control
C). HDTV
D). FM Radio
ANSWER BELOW

The technological innovations accomplished by American industries during the late-nineteenth century and much of the twentieth century are difficult to compile in one short blog. Life around the world changed because of the work of such creative leaders as George Westinghouse, Nikola Tesla, and Thomas Edison. Of course, those were the celebrity inventors of the era, while countless other men and women (when given the chance) should be listed among them as the greats. Ralph Matthews and Karl Hasse are two names very few people recognize today, and it's likely no one gave them much thought when they established the Chicago Radio Labs in 1918 as a resource for amateur radio lovers. Within a few years, they changed their company's name to Zenith and grew their staff. A love of the radio drove them and, during the 1920's, their company grew to become a contender. They competed with such brands as Atwater Kent and Crosley, and stood out with their portable radios, first introduced in 1924, the first mass-produced AC radios they began production on in '26, and the first push-button tuning the next year. They continued with their innovations and, the same year they produced their first television, they introduced the Model 6-D-311 midget radio.

The sleek Art Deco design of the 6-D-311 was created by Robert Budlong of Zenith and became a signature piece of functional art. The tabletop model came without a handle (there would be another Zenith with that option). The swirled walnut-style Bakelite shell was offered in 'Franciscan brown' coloring, a complement to any modern home at the time.  Offering only AM stations, the radio sold for $14.95 brand new.  And it was a celebrity, too, making an appearance in the 1940 Andy Hardy film Strike Up the Band starring Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland. Now, we at the American Treasure Tour can't verify that the Zenith 6-D-311 is the actual radio from the film, in fact, we have much confidence it is not that specific radio, but we still love to have it in our collection. We highly recommend coming to the tour to see this special radio, as well as all the other newly-received radios from the John O'Malley collection. And everything else you can see and hear here at the Treasure Tour! 

ANSWER:  A). Telegraph