Exhibition at the Franciscan Museum in Villingen.

October 29, 1923, is considered the birth of radio in Germany. In the same year, the company August Schwer Söhne Metallwaren-Fabrik began manufacturing parts for radio equipment such as coils and variable capacitors and henceforth called itself Schwarzwälder Apparate-Bau-Anstalt, or SABA for short. On the occasion of this 100th On the occasion of the double anniversary, the eventful history of the company will be illuminated anew – with the help of interesting anecdotes, hitherto little-known stories and the question of how SABA’s legacy continues to shape the city of Villingen-Schwenningen today. In interviews and reports, a wide variety of contemporary witnesses describe their very personal “SABA stories” in connection with individual objects, so that the history of technology is enriched by an emotional level. Finally, a century of consumer electronics is on display in a kind of show depot from the extensive collection of the Franciscan Museum: Landmarks such as the first radio with automatic station search stand next to standard products and absolute specialties such as the “sleep pulsator” and an acoustic music board.
Rise and fall, innovative breakthroughs and missed opportunities: SABA’s corporate history is complex and multi-layered. 100 years after the trademark was registered, it is time for a critical appraisal.

Exhibition period
March 22 – June 4, 2023

March 21, 2023, 7:30 pm

Sunday, 3 p.m,
March 26 / April 9 / May 7 / May 21 / June 4

Website of the Franciscan Museum

The MPS studio will host 2 evenings for the occasion. More about this here shortly.