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Norman Baker / Tangley (Muscatine, IA)
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Tangley 5-Tube Receiver, Muscatine, Iowa
(Actual manufacturer unknown)
Tangley receivers were sold by the Norman Baker enterprise of Muscatine, IA. Baker operated KTNT radio, as well as a number of other local businesses.

These businesses ranged from manufacture of "Calliaphones" to sale of "Tangley Tires" to operation of a "cancer cure" hospital. While KFNF and KMA (Shenandoah, IA stations) were considered to have pushed the envelope in commercialization of radio, KTNT likely exceeded the acceptable boundaries of the day. (Advertisements shown are from Bakers "TNT" magazine.)

At one time, Baker attempted to exploit his recognition in a bid to become Iowa governor. It is questionable how serious of effort was made, as Baker was apparently setting up a radio station in Mexico at the time (according to "Doctors, Dynamiters, and Gunmen", "the Life Story of Norman Baker"). This was after the demise of KTNT in 1931. While he never occupied the governor's mansion, he was for a short time a resident of a less glamorous government-provided domicile. Incidentally, Baker's taste in color is the inspiration for the background color on this page.

This "Norman Baker for Governor" poster was given to me by a good friend and fellow radio collector. A fortunate gift - this is the only such poster I've encountered in reviewing Baker materials.

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