Vintage radio is a radio receiving set that is collectible because of its age and rarity. Although there is no precise criterion for a radio being antique, typically a 50-year old or World War II vacuum tube set, and a pre-1960 transistor.
The term radio is derived from the Latin word "radius," meaning "spoke of wheel, beam of light, ray." It was first applied to communications in 1881 when, at the suggestion of French scientist Ernest Mercadier, Alexander Graham Bell adopted "radiophone" (meaning "radiated sound") as an alternate name for his photophone optical transmission system. However, this invention would not be widely adopted.
Radio is the technology of using radio waves to carry information and has seen a major role especially during the world wars. It has also paved way for a new kid of entertainment to be born, the radio drama. This is a dramatized, purely acoustic performance, broadcast on radio.
Recording a radio play in the Netherlands in 1949. Photo by Spaarnestad Photo via Wikipedia.