Early Birmingham entrepreneur invents the Superflex A-1021X

“He had more curiosity than 14 cats!” 

That’s the way Ernest W. House, inventor and maker of the
Superflex Radio, was described.  He was a true entrepreneur and inventor.

 

 

In 1925, House, a resident of Birmingham, Alabama, began a business called Radio Products Corp.  He started work immediately on a new design and circuitry for radios and received a patent for the design in 1927. 
 

The Superflex Radio factory at 3816 North 28th Street in Birmingham with giant speaker mounted to the roof of the building. (People would gather at the factory to hear programming and important sporting events such as the famous “Long Count” boxing match between world Heavyweight champion Gene Tunney and former champion Jack Dempsey, held on September 22, 1927, at Soldier Field in Chicago).

At a small factory on 28th Street North in Birmingham, House  started making the one-dial Superflex.  Each radio was individually made and inserted into a two-tone walnut case.  Two jacks were installed so that a loudspeaker could operate at the same time that headphones were plugged in.  The retail price of the radio was $80, but no records exist which reveal how many sets were actually made. 

Hit by the Great Depression, the business folded in the early 1930s.