De Forest Wireless "Everyman" Radio Receiver, 1923

Lee de Forest (1873-1961)1923/1923

History San José

History San José
San Jose, United States

The popularity of amateur radio (home receivers) skyrocketed during the 1920s as broadcasting stations popped up across the country. This 1923 radio telephone and telegraph apparatus (DT-600), known as the Everyman Radio Receiver, was made by de Forest Wireless and used in homes to receive radio signals. The device is housed in a box with removable lid and contains seven tuning coils. This set was modified by removing the bakelite panel and replacing it with a plastic panel to show the interior. The instructions, set into the lid, made the set more accessible to the general public.


  • Title: De Forest Wireless "Everyman" Radio Receiver, 1923
  • Creator: Lee de Forest (1873-1961)
  • Date: 1923/1923
  • Physical Dimensions: 7.5 x 10 x 9 in.
  • Provenance: Perham Collection of Early Electronics, History San José
  • Type: physical object
  • Contributor: De Forest Wireless Company

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