Timeline

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1910's

February 29, 1911

1. Napa lab

First Research Lab of Commercial Wireless and Development Company in Napa, CA. First Electro-dynamic telephone invented here.

1913

2. Napa CA lab

Carl Albertus, master mechanic, and Hugh Sym, mechanic, working in the machine shop at Napa lab; 1913

May 1915

3. Jensen and Pridham

Edwin S. Pridham and Peter L. Jensen, founders of Commercial Wireless and Development, in Napa lab with world’s first loudspeaker; May 1915

1915

4. Worlds First Loudspeaker was named the Magnavox, Latin for Great Voice

World’s First Loudspeaker named the Magnavox, Latin for “Great Voice.”

1916

5. First Tone Arm 1916

Magnavox invented the first all-electric tone arm and pick-up in 1916.

July 5, 1917

6. Logo 1917 - 1920s With the developing line of products and after acquiring the Sonora Phonograph Distributing Company, The Magnavox Company was formed on July 5, 1917.

1918

7. Anti-Noise CommunicationsPeter Jensen demonstrates newest invention, Anti-Noise Communication System, used by airplane pilots and on-board ships. This product had the greater impact on communications during WW 1 than any other item in the field of radios.

1918

8. Workers Assembling radio junction boxesDue to volume of business, manufacturing moved to San Francisco facility in 1918. Workers, predominately women, are shown assembling radio junction boxes for new Anti-Noise Communications System.

1919

9. Logo 1919 - 1930

A new production facility is built in Oakland, California in 1919 as is reflected in the new company logo.

1920's

1923

10. First single dial radio 1923 10. First single dial radio

In 1923, Magnavox invented the world’s first single-dial radio. The radio, TRF-5, is shown with the R3 speaker. The set used 2 RF and 2 Audio amplifier (type A) tubes, plus 1 detector tube (type D), A&B batteries and covered the AM broadcast band.

1930's

1930

11. Logo  1931 - 1954In 1930, Magnavox moved operations to Chicago and then in 1931 moved to Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The move put the company in a more central location to their markets and at the heart of the country’s cooper wire production.

1932

12. Crosley Catherdial Radio 1932 12. Crosley Radio with Magnavox componentsMagnavox also supplied components to other companies. This 1932 Crosley Cathedral radio contains Magnavox parts.

1934

13. Ship Speaker 13. Electro-Acoustice Products labelIn 1934, Magnavox acquired an interest in Electro Acoustics Products. The two companies consolidated in 1938. Shown is a loudspeaker made in 1938 for a U.S. Navy ship. Along with obtaining the assets of Electro Acoustics, it acquired its founder Frank Freimann who became a vice-president of Magnavox. In 1950 he became president and would lead Magnavox during its “glory years.”

1937

14. Second Hi-Fi Console 1937 14. First Hi-Fi table top 1937 14. First Console Hi-Fi 1937

In 1937 Magnavox introduced its first table-top High-Fidelity and console units.

1940's

1942

15. Magnavox receives the E Award; 1942

 

During WW II Magnavox converted all production to the military. It was the first electronics industry manufacturer to be honored by the U.S. Navy with the “Navy E” award on Feb, 2, 1942. Among the officials present on the front row was Edwin Pridham, founder.

1942

16. Magnavox navy ad

During WW II Magnavox converted all production to the military. It was the first electronics industry manufacturer to be honored by the U.S. Navy with the “Navy E” award on Feb, 2, 1942. Among the officials present on the front row was Edwin Pridham, founder.

1947

17. Cabinet company17. Plant #1 with new post-1954 front

With the end of WW II, Magnavox returned to producing consumer electronics for a rapidly growing market. In looking to open a cabinet plant in the south, it established the Greeneville Cabinet Co. (Plant #1) in Greeneville, Tenn. in 1947.

1947

18. First prototype unit 1947 18. 1947 Mayfair Marketing

In June 1947, the first prototype unit was produced in Greeneville. The unit included a record player and AM/FM radio. The unit was name the “Mayfair” when production began. The period marketing photo shows the commercial unit.

1947

19. Introducing TV

In 1947, Magnavox announced it was joining the world of television production.

1948

Magnavox built its first TV in 1948. The MV 10 was intended as a modular unit or as a companion piece with radio-record player units. The cabinet was made in Greeneville, Tenn. The first television set to be produced in Greeneville occurred in July 1950.

1950's

1952

21. Plant #2, Built in 1952

In 1952, Plant #2 was built in Greeneville, Tenn. for primarily production of televisions.

1954

22. Logo 1954 - 1983

A new logo was introduced in 1954 which traced the history of the company. This original prototype shows: the oscilloscope wave across the top, the masks of comedy and tragedy recognizing the history of radio-theater, the harp for music, the original trademark Lion, and the electronics symbol with the first loudspeaker. The very top of the shield has four parapets recognizing the home of Magnavox; Fort Wayne, Ind. The parapets were subsequently put on the fronts of all Magnavox buildings.

1957

23. First Magnavox all-transistor radio 1957

Magnavox produced its first all-transistor radio in Greeneville, Tenn. in 1957. The cost was $79.95.

1958

24. First Hi-Fi Stereo

Magnavox’s first stereophonic high-fidelity unit was introduced in 1958. The front and top sliding panels were reverse painted glass. The unit won “Best of Show” at the 1958 Chicago World Music Fair.

1959

25. Organ

Manufacturing of organs was moved to Greeneville from Urbana, IL in 1959. The line was discontinued in the mid-1960’s.

1960's

1962

26. Magnavox Plant No. 3 1960s

Plant #3 was built in 1962. It was the largest TV manufacturing plant under one roof in the country.

1962

27. Odyssey being played

27. Odyssey

Odyssey, the first home video gaming system in the country was introduced in 1972.

1970's

1974

28. Bicentennial28. Bicentennial Spice Chest

In 1974, Magnavox introduced the “Spirit of ‘76” line for the Bicentennial. Among the unique units was the Spice Chest. Opening the front panel revealed an AM/FM radio and 8-track stereo player.

1978

29. Magnavision 29. Laserdisc

Magnavision, the first laserdisc video format was introduced in 1978. This gave a new definition to home entertainment.

1979

30. CB Charlie home pinball

Magnavox ventured into a new realm of home entertainment in the late 1970s with the production of home pinball machines. These machines were produced in Morristown, Tennessee.

1980's

1982

31. Magnavox logo 1982

Magnavox updated its logo in 1982 with a more contemporary look.

1990's

1991

32. 25th Millionth TV

On August 2, 1991, the 25th millionth TV was produced in Greeneville.

2000's

2005

33. Last TV made in America 2005

The last TV made in America was built in Plant #3 in July 2005. It was made by Five Rivers Technology, the successor to Philips Consumer Electronics operations in Greeneville. It carried the AKAI label.