Tonight, I’m giving a talk at Nerd Nite Wellington! It’s about the history of wireless communication, our passion for it, and whether or not we are loving our wireless access to death. Here’s a tidbit from the presentation – a glimpse of what radio used to mean to a stylish young woman living through World War II.
“â€œMy wireless was small, round-shouldered, encased in shiny brown Bakelite; I treasured it as my greatest luxuryâ€¦.That little friendly lit panel, with all those names and numbers printed fanwise, red and green, represented freedom, warmth, a world that was aliveâ€¦During the war I think the wireless must have been a greater blessing to more people than it had ever been before. No telly, no outside lights after dusk, many theaters and some cinemas closing down, almost everything rationedâ€¦.I certainly enjoyed my wireless more actuely and greedily than I have ever enjoyed it since.â€
– excerpt from “The Purple Dress”, Jenifer Wayne’s memoir of growing up in the 1930s and working for BBC Radio during World War II.