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A Boy Named After a Toy?

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Radio Rex (b. 1924) on 1940 U.S. Census

According to the census, a teenage boy named “Radio Rex Musselman” was living in Ohio in 1940.

Know what Radio Rex was? A relatively high-tech toy of the 1920s.

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Radio Rex was the first children’s toy to respond to voice commands. Rex the dog would spring out of his doghouse at the sound of the word “Rex,” thanks to a sound-sensitive electromagnet.

Radio Rex went on the market in 1922. It cost about $2, which today would be about $29.

But let’s get back to Radio Rex Musselman. Do you think “Radio Rex” was his real name?

He’s listed as “Rex R.” in most places, including the 1930 census and his headstone, but there’s no mention of “Radio” in any other record I’ve found.

Those circled x-marks on the census indicate that the family’s information came straight from parents Royal and Hazel. Do you think they were telling the truth that day, or do you think they were messing with the enumerator?

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Know Anyone Named Radio?

I spotted this recently in a newspaper from 1922:

A St. Louis family has named the baby Radio. It is probably adept at broadcasting.

In fact, I’ve seen this in several old newspapers. In the joke section. Whether or not a St. Louis baby was actually named Radio in 1922 I have no idea.

There certainly have been babies named Radio, though. The name has never appeared on the SSA’s baby name list, but the Social Security Death Index indicates that there have been at least nine Radios. Most were born before audio broadcasting really began to take off in the early 1920s, so I don’t know how many (if any) were named with a household radio in mind.

Source: Prescott Evening Courier 23 Jun. 1922: 4.

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