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Anton and Gerard Philips

Hanso Henricus Schotanus à Steringa Idzerda

PCGG Beukstraat 8-10

 

Philips started its activities on May 15th, 1891 when Frederik and his son Gerard Philips founded a factory for light bulbs in Eindhoven. In 1895 Gerard's brother Anton joined the factory management.

Newspaper announcement of the first Dutch radio broadcast on November 6th, 1919 in Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant November 5th, 1919

In 1917 the factory began making radio valves. The man behind this development was Dr. Hanso Henricus à Steringa Idzerda, who asked Philips to make these valves.
The first radio-transmission of speech and music was broadcast under his supervision on November 6th, 1919, using a Philips-Iduret-Generator tube from a house in Beukstraat 8-10 in The Hague, where his factory "Nederlandsche Radio-Industrie" was established.
His programme was announced on November 5th, 1919 in the newspaper Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant as "Radio Soirée-Musicale". The first song to be broadcast was "Turf in je ransel", a Dutch parade march.
Production of Philips radio receivers started relatively late; Philips Radio was founded in 1925, but in the years before 1927, when the first model was introduced, much planning and research was carried out, in particular the acquisition of patents. Philips wanted to make sure every part could be made in their own factories. Market research proved to be a very important instrument to break open new markets. By starting a research laboratory, patenting new useful inventions and decentralising production, Philips became the biggest producer of radios in the world.
Examples of Philips advertising from the twenties and thirties.

This page was last edited on 07.04.2014