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Wireless Age Magazine Cover, 1924

Context

During the 1920s a dramatic change in communication and entertainment emerged for Americans. Radio allowed people to connect with others across the country and eventually the world. The cover of the November 1924 issue of Wireless Age shows how new technology helped to increase production for business and industry. It helped the common man as well, who had access to a radio, to learn about the world.

In Richmond, Virginia, WRVA made its first broadcast on November 2, 1925, from a studio in the Edgeworth Tobacco factory in downtown Richmond. Owned by Larus & Brother Company, tobacco manufacturers, the station initially operated as a community service without commercial revenue and broadcast only two nights a week. WRVA became the largest radio station in the state, thanks to the purchase of a thousand-watt transmitter from Western Electric Company. By 1929, WRVA operated a 5,000-watt transmitter and broadcast day and night daily. As an affiliate of NBC and later CBS, WRVA placed considerable emphasis on the state's regional culture, on sporting events, and on special local programming.

Citation: Wireless Age, Oct. 1924 Cover. The Wireless Age; an illustrated monthly magazine of radio communication. (New York: Wireless Press) Serial TK5700.W4. Library of Virginia.

Standards

Social Studies: USII.3, USII.4, USII.5, CE.9, VUS.8 English: 6.5, 7.6, 7.7, 11.4 Science: 5.2, PS.8, PH.4, PH.10
Art: 4.1, 5.1, 4.18, 5.18

Suggested Questions

Analyze: Have students analyze what "wireless age" meant in 1924 versus today. Compare and contrast the difference in communications depicted in the image versus communications today. Did technology make the world smaller in the early twentieth century? Is the world smaller or bigger with today's technology?

Artistic Exploration: Create an advertisement (print or voice) for a radio for sale to the general public in 1924. What features might you emphasize? Who would you market the radio to?

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