Marconi patents the radio

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his new invention – the radio – on 2 June 1896. The British and Irish newspapers available online at The British Newspaper Archive reveal just how popular it became.

You can explore thousands of adverts for Marconi radios like these, published up until the 1950s.

Oh! Why don’t we get a Marconi?

 
Marconi advert in the Dover Express, 1936

Dover Express – Friday 16 October 1936
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The man behind your “Marconiphone”

 
Marconi advert in the Gloucestershire Echo, 1933

Gloucestershire Echo – Monday 20 February 1933
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There’s only one Radio good enough for you

 
Marconi advert in the Derby Daily Telegraph, 1935

Derby Daily Telegraph – Saturday 07 December 1935
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