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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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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:11:15 -0800

Cheering crowd Inside, the time was whiled away by the spirited playing of the 12 piece band and when this ceased the marconiphone speakers were turned with musical items. Cheers were raised as Mr Cuff, the chairman of the Everton club took a seat in ...
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 ...
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Fri, 22 Jun 2012 03:09:35 -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 ...
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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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Mon, 03 Jun 2013 05:09:21 -0700

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