Speaker: Beck, Harry, 1907 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Radio & TV Salesman
Speaker: Stafford, D, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Describes how interest in electricty & radios developed while still at school in 1920s. Mention of family building house in Aylestone, Leicester, 1924/25, land ownership. Became electrician in Aylestone, discusses premises, describes techniques and processes involved with making radios. Mentions demonstrating radios at St Andrew's Church, Jarrom Street, buying & selling radios. Worked for Jack Creacy who used early public address (PA) systems, then opened shop in Aylestone, 1929, describes work, rent, pay, conditions, local shops, local building work by Mr Smith, summer work with PA systems. Describes travels around county during World War II with PA work, being called up and training for radar unit. Describes situation at shop after war, shortages, coming of television (TV), various TV sets. Mention of travelling with dance band, recording and providing PA. Mentions early problems of receiving signal, describes a variety of early TV sets. Describes his shop, change of premises, places used for storage, taking on extra premises. Talks about battery charging, early radios, technical developments discussed in some detail.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Recording Date: 1/1/1969
Playing time: 1 hr 14 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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