Kent Model 82, 1931. 7 tubes, super-heterodyne.
Kent initially started manufacturing combustible engine
ignition systems and parlayed that economic success into
radio manufacturing. Kent built his first radio
devices in 1921. Through the 1920's Atwater Kent
brought us the breadboards and the wooden and metal box
sets. Before the Ford Motor Company used the slogan
decades later, "Quality is Job 1," Atwater
Kent practiced this belief with every radio that he
made. Kent was so discouraged with the trend in the
mid 1930's to reduce the price of radio sets by reducing
quality, he would rather close his factory than produce an
inferior product not up to Atwater Kent standards. He
shut the doors of the Philadelphia factory in 1936!