Photo courtesy of Patrick and Penny Matthews
In the Roaring Twenties, radio unified people in a previously unimaginable way. Some of the earliest radio models required headphones. Families would gather round the radio and pass the headset so each member could listen. RCA dominated the market.
And with radio’s entertainment shows, advertising arrived. A third of the American population reportedly listened to Amos n Andy, a comedy program sponsored by Pepsodent.
At the end of the Roaring Twenties, radio’s vital importance to the nation became immortalized by the 1930 U.S Census. The 1930 U.S. Census asks Amercian households if they own a radio. In Splendid Summer, Coronado Tent City’s radios could be heard amidst its Arcade, Merry-Go-Round and cottages.
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