In the 1930’s radio manufacturers refused to supply radio sets to co-operatives because they saw the dividend as a form of price-cutting. The Co-operative Wholesale Society therefore decided that they would make their own radios. They bought the inner workings from Sweden and had the cases built in CWS cabinet factories. The radios were marketed in 1933 and named ‘Defiant’ radios as a reminder of how they came into being. The model number for this Defiant radio is MSH752A.C. It was made in 1953 in order to be sold as a part of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation celebration at the price of £34.10.0. The model was made in polished walnut and received worldwide reception on three wavebands. It also had twin speakers so as to ensure perfect reproduction. This Defiant radio’s tag line was ‘The Set You’ll Simply Have To Get’.
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