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1938. Murphy Model A46. Exhibit at the Washford Radio Museum.
1938. Model A52. 8-valve. Exhibit at Amberley Working Museum.
March 1939.
April 1939.
April 1939.
May 1939.
May 1939.
November 1939.
1940. Murphy AD94. Exhibit at the London Science Museum
July 1940.
1940. Model TA92. Exhibit at Amberley Working Museum.
August 1949
WWII Civilian Receiver. Exhibit at the Washford Radio Museum.
August 1954.
June 1959.
Marked as Murphy type. Exhibit at Exmoor Classic Cars
Advertising sign.
c1960. Radio. Exhibit at the Ceredigion Museum‎.
Television. Exhibit at York Castle Museum.

Manufacturer of radios, based in Welwyn Garden City.

1928 Frank Murphy (1889-1955) left the partnership with Rupert Casson: Engineering Publicity Services, with the intention of manufacturing radios.

1929 Company registered by Frank Murphy (1889-1955); staff of 6

By 1936 The company was one of the leaders in the field of radios, with 600 employees[1]

1948 Private company.

1949 Company made public. Acquired General Radiological Ltd, Solus-Schall Ltd, concerned with manufacture of X-ray equipment and Acoustic Products Ltd[2].

1953 Manufacturer of TV sets [3]

1955 Started to occupy new factory at Welwyn Garden City. The investment in British Relay Wireless and Television was starting to show benefits with the start of production of TV sets for that company's relay services. Progress in the medical equipment companies (X-rays and Nucleonics) had been disappointing[4]

1961 Manufacturers of radio and television receivers, testing equipment, radiograms, communications receivers and transmitters, radar equipment, aircraft equipment, nucleonic equipment, interference tracing and measuring equipment, electro-medical apparatus, diagnostic and therapy X-Ray equipment and thermionic tubes. 4,300 employees. [5]

1961 Electronics Division acquired new premises at Stanmore[6]

1962 Rank Organisation acquired Murphy Radio; Murphy also owned 11% of British Relay Wireless and Television[7]

1962 Bush Radio, part of Bush and Rank Cintel was merged with the newly acquired Murphy Radio by Rank[8].

1963 Rank sold its holding in British Relay Wireless and Television, which it had acquired with Murphy, to International Publishing Corporation[9].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Biography of Frank Murphy, ODNB
  2. The Times 9 August 1950
  3. Choosing your Television Set. Published by Freelance in 1953.
  4. The Times, May 17, 1955
  5. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  6. The Times 28 May 1962
  7. The Times 12 April 1962
  8. The Times, 11 October 1963
  9. The Times 18 September 1963