Thomas P Giblin was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on March 17, 1888 57. He was the son of Patrick and Mary A (Dorethy) Giblin. He had two sisters, Rose and Teresa (Mrs Harry L Donnelly 56) 1.
In 1908 21 and 1909 22 Giblin is listed as working at N E Battery Company. Living at address 295 Fountain St, in 1908 and 467 Broadway in 1909. Then in 1910 23 and 1911 24 he is living at 457 Broadway with no busineess referance listed. In 1914 25 , 1915 26 , 1917 27, 1919 28 and 1920 29 his address remains as 457 Broadway but he is listed as being a electrician.
In 1917, Giblin is working at Univesal Winding company accoding to his WWI draft card. Giblin is 29 years old 61.
On May 10th, 1919 Frank E Dyson, Thomas P Giblin and Ratcliffe G E Hicks formed the Commercial Radio Company of America.12 Robert H Smith was the fiscal agent 58 In 1920 the company increased its capital from $100,000 to $1,000,000.19 In 1921 and 1922 their address was listed as 69 Sprague St. 20 In 1921 the company registered that name as a tradmark in the US 13. Frank E Dyson was also the president of Electrical Products Manufacutring company (Dymac) with Thomas P Giblin Vice President.
He is believed to have designed and built the first radio station in New England in 1919 and began broadcasting phonograph music. At this time his occupation is listed as Electrician 14 altough he had graduated from the Pratt institute in New York in 1912 8 as an Electrical Engineer. He claimed to be Rhode Island's first "disc jockey" An inventor and designer, he held patents in the electrical and automotive field. 1
Giblin was visited in January, 1919 by Robert F. Gowen an engineer who worked for Lee DeForest. Ever since the cancelation of government contacts, Deforest became interested in the amateur market and he sent Gowen to meet with Giblin to work out the manufacutring of Honeycomb coils to be used in Gowens newly conceived "unit" sets with plug in coils.9
In 1920 Giblin is listed as married to Genevieve in the 1920 Census. 62 Genevieve died in 1923 63 possibly during child birth because in the 2930 Census we find Giblin living with his mother Mary who is now 80, his 45 year old sister also named Mary and his son Thomas (listed as grandson) who is 7 years old which means he was born in 1923. 64
In 1921 30 his address changed to 463 Broadway. This address continues being listed in 1923 31, 1924 32 and 1926 33.
Mr Giblin setup one of the first radio communication systems in a vehicle, in this case a Ford Coup in 1921 2 and he set up the original broadcasting equipment for the WJAR radio station in 1922 3.
His companies, Standard Radio and Electric Company and the Giblin Radio Company produced and sold radios during the infancy of "Radio" in the early 1920's. 1 Standard Radio and Electric is listed in various directories in 1924 15 , 1925 16 and 1926 17 as being at 90 Bayley St Pawtucket
Giblin was also referanced as the head of the Coto-Coil Company 9 and working with the Electrical Products Manufactuting Company. 10
We still see a radio related listing in 1927 34 and 1930 35 with mention of the Giblin Radio Company at 64 Exchange St in Pawtucket and residence at 457 Broadway.
The Giblin Radio Company Reference is not seen in 1934 36 and he is listed as a Electrical Engineer and the home address changes to 764 Barrington Parkway. In 1936 we find the listing has again changed to 463 Broadway and still an Electrical Engineer 37.
The 1935 Rhode Island census has some interesting information about Giblin. Usual occupation is Electrical Engineer, industry is retail electric shop, then present occupation is research engineer with industry listed as invention. 57
In 1938 38, 1939 39 and 1941 40 although the address stays the same, his occuptation is listed as Manager.
In 1942 41 and 1943 42 Giblin becomes a inspector for AOG Corporation. AOG Corp was American Oerlikon Gazda Corp, 100 Fountain St Providence RI, makers of 20mm Oerlikon machine guns for the war effort 43.
In 1944 his occupation changes again to a expeditor 44.
1956 53, and
1958 54, Giblin is listed as an Electrical Engineer.
The last listing found is from 1960 55 and his address is 463 Broadway but the Electrical Engineering listing is gone. At this point Giblin is 72 years old! Before his retirement in 1956 he worked as a designer for Grant Money Meters 1.
During his life he was also manger and co-owner of Sherlin Automotive Company. 1
Mr Giblin died in 1963. 1 Giblin and his family is buried in Mt St Mary's Cemetery in Pawtucket
Thomas P. Giblin Responsible for Vital Accuracy of Wireless Apparatus's Receiving Instruments and Proper Functioning of Radio Compass on Which Flyers Depend
Improved winding radio coils in the type SE-1405 amplifier used in the wireless apparatus of the "Nancy" Four which Lieutenant Commander Albert C. Read piloted in the first successful transatlantic flight, worked out by Thomas P. Giblin, a Providence radio engineer, was responsible for the high efficiency of the plane's receiving apparatus. The coils were manufactured by a local concern of which Mr Giblin was manager.
Because of the greatly reduced size of wireless aerials permissible on a seaplane of the NC-4 type, a strong "booster" is vitally necessary to increase the intensity of sounds received to a sufficient degree of audibility. The amplifier devised - by Mr. Giblin by a method which is a closely guarded naval secret, made possible a very wide receiving radius.
Not only is the amplifier an important, unit in the receiving of messages, but also in the accurate functioning of the delicate radio compass upon which the airship depends for its direction while in flight. The NC-4 was in constant communication with the chain of destroyers strung out across the Atlantic, the vessels sending frequent position data. This was picked up and registered by the radio compass and from the longitude and latitude figures thus received the flyer was able to plot out his own relative position and direction of flight. Without the reliable "booster" in the circuit of the wireless mechanism aboard the airship, the compass would either register inaccurately or perhaps fail to work altogether. Published reports of the trip reveal how effectively the contrivance worked.
The amplifier which contains the coils devised by Mr Giblin, as well as the Audion bulb, is an instrument not quite the size of an ordinary quart measure. In spite of the comparatively small size, the efficiency of the device proved uniformly accurate, contributing in a very large measure to the success of the epoch-marking flight. Mr Giblin has since developed a powerful amplifier coil which has been successfully tested at the Naval proving ground at Hyattsville MD 4
1XAD is the broadcasting station set up by Mr Giblin for the Standard Radio & Electric Company. It was described in the "The Consolidated Radio Call Book", 4th edition, May, 1922, on page 267 as 290 meters. 2 50-watt tubes, radius 400 miles. Heard at distances of 1,000 miles. Located at 463 Broadway, Pawtucket, RI. Broadcasts three days per week, music, lectures and letters read. Aerial 70 foot long, 9 wires on spreader 15 feet, 11 wires on counterpoise. Ground, 11 wires 70 foot long, copper plates at end.
QST December 1921
Radio News April 5th 1922
Radio Age October 1923
Photo of a group of Rutland Vermont Senators listing to the 1924 Democartaic convention on a Giblin Model RL Wireless set with loop antenna. I have this exact same set and antenna and it came with a Music Master horn just like the one in the photo. This makes me think that the set, antenna and horn were sold together. Also that Giblin sets were sold all over New England. 7
Ford Coupe Radio Demonstration
Mr. Giblin recently equipped his Ford coupe with a radiophone outfit and demonstrated to his friends the possibilities of this form of telephoning. Tests took place recently at a local battery station owned by Harry Hanlon, a man well versed in electrical work through long yearn of practical experience on storage batteries and steam engine practice for the local trolley company. The Ford coupe was driven into the basement of the station and conversation carried on between Mr. Giblin's home and the receiving set in the Ford coupe. An ordinary house radio receiving set was used, and the conversation was unusually clear for the short distance transmitted, about a mile, and the fact that more or less noise from the street interfered. The sound of the voice was distinct and so in-tense that it was necessary for Mr. Giblin to hold the receivers away from his ears to hear with comfort. The car was next driven out of the city for several miles and communication again established with Mr. Giblin's home. The voice at the receiving set in the Ford coupe was heard clearly and without the sharp tones experienced in the battery station. To still further test the abilities of the phone the car was driven due east to Middleboro, Mass., a distance of about 30 miles, and the resulting conversation between the two points was transmitted more successfully than at the shorter distance. The following day the car was driven to Plainville, Mass., a distance of about 20 miles, and the experiment was repeated. Connections were easily established and the conversation heard as clearly as at the 30-mile distance of the day before, proving that the radiophone worked better at longer distances than it did nearby. Although tests were not given at this time to demonstrate the full limit of the 'phones, confidence is expressed by Mr. Giblin that it would easily answer for establishing communication between points 150 miles apart, as for instance, between truck drivers away from their home office on trips.2
The Duo-Lateral inductance coil has attracted the attention of the "Big Three" (the three largest radio manufacturing companies). Dr. J. H. Rogers is at present using them in connection with his underground circuit, and is also employing them In his experiments to determine whether or not Mars is signaling the earth.
Small Giblin Crystal Set With a small compartment, 1921
Small Giblin Crystal Set With a small compartment, 1921
Giblin Music Box
This Giblin made radio was a barn find and is in pretty rough shape. The consensus is that it was once a battery set that was converted to AC at some point. Its tube compliment is 2 401 tubes and 2 201 tubes. The front panel is etched "Music Box"