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1996

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Freeplay Radio, 1996

This is a radio. It was invented by Trevor Baylis and co-designed by Andy Davey, Gabby Clarke and Anne Gardener and manufactured by BayGen Power Company Ltd. and firm: TKO. It is dated 1996 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is molded plastic, metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

In 1991 Baylis recognized the need for a way to communicate information to communities across Africa without access to electricity, batteries, or conventional radios. His solution was a hand-powered, wind-up radio. The Freeplay Radio evinces the importance of communication and design in a world where information empowers people to improve their lives and protect themselves.

This object was donated by Fran Smyth. It is credited Gift of Fran Smyth.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 24 x 34.5 x 13.5cm (9 7/16 x 13 9/16 x 5 5/16in.)

Cite this object as

Freeplay Radio, 1996; Invented by Trevor Baylis (English, b. 1937); South Africa; molded plastic, metal; H x W x D: 24 x 34.5 x 13.5cm (9 7/16 x 13 9/16 x 5 5/16in.); Gift of Fran Smyth; 1996-118-1

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