This is a Volksempfänger 301W Model radio. These were produced in large numbers and subsidised heavily before being sold onto the German public. These radios lacked shortwave bands which prevented them from being used to listen to foreign radio stations like the BBC. I have the other VE301 model on this site as well. The cabinet design was produced by noted industrial designer Walter Kersting.
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This is the technische betriebsanleitung or operations manual for the DKE38 Radio. I have the radio here.
The original Volksempfänger VE301 model was presented on August 18, 1933 at the 10. Große Deutsche Funkausstellung in Berlin. The VE301 was available at a readily affordable price of 76 German Reichsmark (equivalent to two weeks’ average salary), and a cheaper 35 Reichsmark model, the DKE38 (sometimes called Goebbels-Schnauze – “Goebbels’ snout” – by the general public) fitted with a multisection tube, was also later produced, along with a series of other models under the Volksempfänger, Gemeinschaftsempfänger, KdF (Kraft durch Freude), DKE (Deutscher Kleinempfänger) and other brands.
This is the DKE38 Model.
This is the technische betriebsanleitung or operations manual for the VE301 Radio. I have the radio here.
The purpose of the Volksempfänger-program was to make radio reception technology affordable to the general public. Joseph Goebbels realized the great propaganda potential of this relatively new medium and thus considered widespread availability of receivers highly important.
This is the first, larger model, the VE301. It sold for 76RM when it was introduced in 1933. Note the Nazi eagles on the bakelite front above the knobs.