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From the origins of the car radio to the origins of Clarion

Who invented the first car radio? The question is simple but the answers are many in number... Attaching the radio to the motor vehicle, both nascent in the 1920s, the car radio in all likelihood emerged in several places at the same time, the fruit of the inventive genius of enthusiasts. 
 
The most examples are reported in the United States. Motorola features among many makes, most of which have been forgotten... AM reception, its twangy, energy-consuming, bulky, gigantic antenna - the cons were great in number but those lucky enough to have one were proud of it! 
 
The Second World War was a turning point for this nascent industry. In Japan especially, people were amazed to find G.I.s listening to jazz at the wheel of their jeeps ... That was all it took to inspire some, including a company named Teikoku Dempa Co., Ltd. Literally meaning "the waves of the Empire", this name expresses the company’s attachment to the radio well. In fact, from 1940, the company was manufacturing radio sets to be used at home (wireless). A rarity for the time, these sets were already battery operated.
The very first Japanese car radio emerged in 1948. To seduce consumers, its maker, Teikoku Dempa, sought a more “American” sound and was inspired by an instrument of antiquity, a cousin of the clarion: the Clarion brand was born!
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