Powel Crosley first started making radios in the 1920’s after his son wanted one and being shocked at how much radios were selling for in department stores, well over $100. His goal was to produce affordable radios under $100.
He then began to manufacture radio components and soon after radios. One of the first radios produced was the “Harko” with the help of two University of Cincinnati students.
By 1924, Crosley’s company, Crosley Radio Corporation, was the largest radio manufacturer in the world.
in 1925, the “Crosley Pup” was introduced which was a small 1-tube regenerative radio that sold for under $10. At the same time, they introduced a mascot for the company, a cute, chubby, little dog named Bonzo
The Crosley Corporation was sold to the Aviation Corporation in 1945, which later closed down in 1956.
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