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 Post subject: Philadelphia Museum Closing
PostPosted: Jun Sat 22, 2019 3:23 am 
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A sad story about the museum that Atwater Kent helped get started by donating the building.

https://www.inquirer.com/philly/enterta ... 80627.html

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 Post subject: Re: Philadelphia Museum Closing
PostPosted: Jun Sat 22, 2019 4:45 am 
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I'm sorry to hear this. I happened across this museum about 4 years ago and found it quite interesting, although at the time I had no idea who A. Atwater Kent was. Before you start throwing stones at me, this was before I picked up tube radios as a hobby about two years ago.

It was a good museum, and here's hoping that some agreement can be reached to keep it open. I'll be back in Philly in Spring 2020, and it would be good to revisit the museum now that I am properly educated in some of the history (including A.A. Kent).

-Bryan


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 Post subject: Re: Philadelphia Museum Closing
PostPosted: Jun Sat 22, 2019 5:04 pm 
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While in Philly several years ago I visited the Museum and found there was virtually nothing in there about Atwater Kent.

There may have been one metal box radio and a card.

The history of Philly as presented was quite lame and the entire display consumed about 2 minutes.

There were no real artifacts, all cardboard and foamcore.

The building is incredible, no parking.

Jim


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 Post subject: Re: Philadelphia Museum Closing
PostPosted: Jun Sat 22, 2019 5:51 pm 
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jimmc wrote:
While in Philly several years ago I visited the Museum and found there was virtually nothing in there about Atwater Kent.
Hi Jim,

There was never supposed to be.

Kent's intent was to display the history of Philadelphia.

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 Post subject: Re: Philadelphia Museum Closing
PostPosted: Jun Sun 23, 2019 2:21 am 
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There is a wooden crate containing "Historic" models of Atwater Kent radios. Some of these few radios were displayed about once per year for special display.
The only Atwater Kent radio that was on permanent display was AK's 1000000th set, which is a model 35, serial number 903700.
There was also a large painting of Arthur Atwater Kent on display near the entrance.
Drexel University is supposed to take over all the entire collections from the museum for display elsewhere. I haven't heard any recent details.

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