Exploring the History of the Magnavox Brand

Exploring the History of the Magnavox Brand

Thursday, Dec. 3
11:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
Reece Museum at ETSU
363 Stout Drive
Johnson City, TN 37614 [map]


RSVP with AAF progam chair Hali McCurdy (hali@aafnetn.com).

Free for members, $15 for students, and $25 for non-members.

We encourage you to arrive prior to 11:30 a.m. to explore the exhibit and hear the sounds of a
Magnavox stereo.

Use this link to secure a visitor parking permit for the ETSU campus.

See and Hear Magnificent Magnavox.
George Collins, of The Magnavox Historical Preservation Association and curator of the current exhibit at Reece Museum entitled “Magnificent Magnavox,” will speak about the history of the Magnavox brand and its connection to Northeast Tennessee.

The exhibit, the largest mounted by The Magnavox Historical Preservation Association, features many radios, record players, and televisions from their collection. It tells the story of the products and people which made Magnavox a success in post-war America and particularly in East Tennessee.

The presentation and exhibit will highlight the styles, design, and craftsmanship that made Magnavox one of the premier manufacturers in the country. The units reflect the changing life style and consumer taste from the 1940s through the 1990s. The exhibit shows the roots of Magnavox, which developed the first loudspeaker or “sound reproducer.” Featured is the first-ever single-dial radio made by Magnavox in 1924 in Oakland, California. Also on display, Magnavox’s first television produced in 1948, the cabinet of which was made in Greeneville. The exhibit also features the complete “Spirit of ’76” Collection produced during the American Bicentennial.

George Collins headshot

George Collins is a native of Rainelle, WV. He received his BA in History/Education from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program/State University of New York.

He retired in June 2010 as Director of Museum Program and Studies at Tusculum College, having over 40 years of experience in a variety of roles in museums.

Four years ago, he helped establish the Magnavox Heritage Preservation Association, for which he is the curator. Since that time, he has collected the largest public collection of Magnavox radios, record players, and television technology, written articles, developed a web site, done numerous presentations, and curated three exhibits – including the current exhibit at ETSU’s Reece Museum entitled “Magnificent Magnavox.”

He and his wife Amy, who is the Director of the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University, live in Tusculum, TN.