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Marconiphone was an English manufacturer of domestic receiving equipment, notably radio receivers and reel-to-reel tape machines.


After World War I, the Marconi Company began producing non-industrial receivers, principally for the amateur market, at the Soho premises of The Marconi Scientific Instrument Company. In 1922, the Marconi Company formed the "Marconiphone" department, to design, manufacture and sell domestic receiving equipment. This equipment complied with Post Office specifications and tests, and was therefore awarded the BBC authorisation stamp; initially sets were made at the Chelmsford Works. In December 1923, the 'Marconiphone' department was formed as a subsidiary of the Marconi Company. Some Marconiphone Company sets were made at the Sterling Telephone Company (STC) Works at Dagenham. However, design and research of these domestic receivers still continued at Chelmsford. In December 1929, the Marconiphone was sold to the Gramophone Company, along with the right to use the trademark "Marconiphone" and the copyright signature "G. Marconi" on domestic receivers. The Marconi Company never re-entered the domestic radio market. In 1931 the Gramophone Company became Electric and Musical Industries (EMI) and produced domestic and radio receivers using the Marconiphone trademark until 1956, when receivers were made by the British Radio Corporation, under licence. Domestic receivers bearing the Marconiphone trademark produced after 1929 had no connection with the Marconi Company.

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38 news items

BBC News
Tue, 21 Jul 2009 00:20:36 -0700

The 1936 Marconiphone is thought to have been made in the months that Britain's first "high-definition" television service began. The set belongs to Jeffrey Borinsky, an electrical engineer and collector of antique television and radio sets. He bought ...
Tue, 05 Apr 2011 08:20:40 -0700

A TV from the 1930s is expected to be sold for thousands at auction on April 19 in London's tony Knightsbridge neighborhood. The Marconi model was manufactured back in 1936 and purchased for nearly £100 just three weeks after television transmissions ...
Retro To Go
Fri, 22 Jun 2012 03:07:30 -0700

If the price of a decent Dansette has got a little much for you (and we really wouldn't be surprised if that was the case), you should check out one of the other vintage options up for auction - this like this 1960s Marconiphone portable record player ...
Retro To Go
Wed, 01 Dec 2010 07:58:57 -0800

A long title, but hopefully it tells you more or less everything about this Marconiphone portable record player currently on eBay. It's a stunning thing, described by the seller as a 'timeworn' and in 'as new' condition - over 50 years on, that's ...
Fri, 08 Apr 2011 02:23:59 -0700

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The Sun

The Sun
Sun, 02 Jun 2013 18:18:45 -0700

BRITAIN'S oldest working telly is still going strong — 77 years on. The Marconiphone 702 was built in 1936 and would have cost the equivalent of £11,000. Want the full article and instant access? To access The Sun website you need a Sun + membership.
The Next Web (blog)
Mon, 19 Dec 2011 07:28:35 -0800

From the thirties onwards, HMV manufactured radio and TV sets under the HMV and Marconiphone brand names. HMV underwent major expansions in London and the UK throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and soon became the UK's top specialist music ...
Portsmouth News
Wed, 09 May 2012 04:04:21 -0700

40 In April 1929 Pompey Reserves A played a Portsmouth FA side and Marconiphone Super loudspeakers were installed around Fratton Park so spectators could listen to the FA Cup Final at Wembley while watching. 41 A six-hour music festival was held at ...

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