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When the U.S. entered World War I in 1917, the U.S. Navy was in need of a more modern method of communications for its warships other than the telegraph. Western Electric answered this need and introduced a number of transmitters and receivers of high quality
for the day.  While Western Electric did not have all of the necessary patents for commercial radio production the existing radio patents did not apply since the systems were ordered
by the government in war emergency times. After the war GE confronted Western Electric with their patent holdings and the two joined forces via the RCA pact.  Western Electric was regulated to produce transmitters for the broadcast industry while Westinghouse and
General Electric were allowed to produce the broadcast receivers of the era.

 

Western Electric 4B

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Western Electric Battery Box - for 4B Receiver

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Western Electric 7A Amplifier

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Western Electric Tuning Unit 2-B

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Western Electric Cord Board

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Western Electric SCR-59

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