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Arthur Atwater Kent started the Kent Electrical Manufacturing Company in 1895, making motors and fans. He started manufacturing small electrical devices that soon branched out into automotive components and eventually radios in 1902. The radios were constructed on wooden planks that became known as "breadboards". Atwater Kent radios were later produced in chassis' that fit beautiful wooden cabinets manufactured by the Red Lion, Kiel and Pooley companies.

In the 1920's, his radio company was the world's leader and indeed, the company spent almost $500,000 on advertising in 1924. By 1927, he was spending many millions on printed adverting and his radio show, The Atwater Kent Hour, was the most popular show on radio.

From Colliers Magazine, 7-14-1928

Never take Alternating Current for Granted

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Tin Advertising Sign c.1924

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From Good Housekeeping December 1928

Atwater Kent Logo on a Cigar Box

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Commemorating 1,000,000th Set

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