A wooden box, a short, straight antenna on the top left and a picture of a chubby toddler with her finger placed near her lips with a quizzical smile – this is what Indian radio memories are made of. And the brand was Murphy Radio, one of the earliest radio brands in Indian homes.
Murphy was known for the radio as much as for the child in India.
Back in the 1960s-70s, when radio was the only form of entertainment and information, Murphy Radio was the most powerful brand in India. Every household, actually every wealthy household had a Murphy radio. One of the most popular compliments given to beautiful, healthy children was calling them a “Murphy baby”. Calendars and posters with the child’s face were frequently hung in gynaecologist clinics, maternity homes, and barber shops.
Anurag Basu in his 2012 film ‘Barfi’, makes a reference to it; its lead character shares a birthday with the brand.
Image below shows, Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore in Murphy radio ad 1966…..