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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. The Marconiphone brand was revived in the late 80's and used by a division of GEC-Marconi for mobile phones. Phones made by companies such as NEC were given and additional small rectangular metal plate with the Marconiphone logo.

Marconi acted as a service provider for Cellnet and Vodafone in the UK before selling the customer base to Mercury in 1991.

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:54:24 -0800

This isn't quite how it looked originally, but we do like the look of this 1970s Marconiphone stereogram with hairpin legs. Of course the upcycling is the addition of those hairpin legs, which certainly add something to the design. Although the look is ...

BBC News

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 ...

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Fri, 22 Jun 2012 03:09:35 -0700

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:52:30 -0800

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:04:58 -0800

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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 ...

The Sun

The Sun
Sun, 02 Jun 2013 18:23:39 -0700

The Marconiphone 702 was built in 1936 and would have cost the equivalent of £11,000. It is the pride of engineer Jeffrey Borinsky's vintage telly collection and he still watches it — even hooking it up to his Freeview box. George VI's 1937 coronation ...

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Thu, 11 Apr 2013 05:44:09 -0700

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