Raycraft, Nevada's "Father of Wireless" ~ ~ Amateur Wireless Operation in Nevada ~ ~ America's First Radio Tour ~ ~ Nevada's Earliest Radio Broadcast Stations ~ was a 1922 promotional trek to expose the rural West to the possibilities of RADIO. All non-credited photos and all text on this webpage are property of Henry Rogers/Western Historic Radio Museum and are subject to copyright laws. Mackay is best known in Nevada as one of the "Big Four" of the Comstock, the mining district located in Virginia City, Nevada.The tour began in Detroit and finished in Los Angeles, however the participants were particularly impressed with Nevada and spent three days in Austin, Nevada. Written permission (e-mail) is required for the use of any of our photos or any of our text on any other websites or for any other purpose. Mackay was an immigrant youth that worked his way west and then came to Virginia City in 1859.
In the 1920s, Adolph Rickenbacker began a successful tool-and-die business in Los Angeles, and eventually his outfit began providing metal parts for various guitar companies, including National. Hall revamped the business and focused on electric standard guitars, rather than steels.
Together with two former National employees—George Beauchamp and Paul Barth—Rickenbacker designed and marketed the first “Frying Pan” electrified lap-steel guitar. These electric guitars were slow sellers at first, but they continued to increase in popularity as the 1950s progressed.
A Los Angeles radio manufacturer named Van Nest designed the first Electro String production-model amplifier.
Shortly thereafter, design engineer Ralph Robertson further developed the amplifiers, and by the 1940s at least four different Rickenbacker models were made available. Lansing of the Lansing Manufacturing Company designed the speaker in the Rickenbacker professional model.
By the time production ceased in 1939, several thousand "frying pans" had been produced.