1930 First Motorola brand car radio (reproduction), model 5T71
With this week’s announcement of Google’s plan to buy Motorola Mobility, we took a look at the significant technology milestones in the company’s history. Motorola, founded in 1928 as the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, was pivotal in advancing communications from business to space and government. Achievements included everything from releasing the world’s first commercial handheld cellular phone to introducing one of the first commercially successful car radios in 1930, reproduced above.
This radio was the first product to carry the Motorola brand. It was designed to be mass-produced, affordable, and easily installed. The components, as shown in this reproduction, included (left to right) radio receiver, tuning control, and speaker.