The Motorola 505 iHorn is made from a Motorola 1945 Model 505 car radio with control head and a Victrola Amberola series horn. Paul Galvin, owner of Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, a battery manufacturer who made a device that allowed radios to run on household current. In the 1930's the big radio companies all ended in "ola" so Galvin, who was then moving into making automobile radios, changed the name of his company to Motorola. 1950’s was a post World War II explosion of automobile production and sales with almost 58,000,000 automobiles produced and sold, compared to a total U.S. population of only 179, 323,175!
The Victrola Amberola phonographs, including this horn, were manufactured between 1911 and approximately 1926, when the Edison company failed. This horn was an internal speaker housed inside the Victrola wooden cabinet, which was a luxury floor model phonograph.
Hope and prosperity, combined with sock hops and drive inn movies flourished as America’s passion for life twisted the night away. So, rock the road with The Motorola 505 iHorn!