|Frank J. Stewart donated this beautiful Atwater Kent Radio Set|
The receiving unit, a tabletop box model, ran on batteries with sound coming through the horn-style loudspeaker.
Atwater Kent was the leading manufacturer of radios in the 1920s, producing high-quality units and sponsoring one of the most popular entertainment radio programs of the era, the Atwater Kent Hour. In the 1930s, sales were hampered by the Great Depression and the expiration of component patents, which allowed other companies to more easily enter the market. In 1936, tired of dealing with the competition from lower-priced and lower-quality units, Atwater Kent closed his company and retired a very wealthy man.