|A few years ago, while browsing through an antique mall with my wife, we both spotted a mid- 1930's Philco console radio -- very art deco and very cool! I had never really thought about antique radios before but this gave me an excuse to do some research. Coincidentally enough, a couple of days later I happened to mention this to my best friend who had actually spotted the same radio at the same place and developed his own interest. Since then, my friend and I have bought quite a few antique electronic components - mostly radios but also some other weird stuff. The older it is and the stranger it looks, the more likely I am to like it. Most of my radios I have restored myself and all are in working condition. The following are just a few of the ones in my collection:|
In 1928 this would have been a must-have for your living room or parlor. Made by Majestic, it works pretty well after having been restored. Believe it or not, it even has some of its original tubes which still function.
|No antique radio collection would be complete without a Zenith Transoceanic. This model was made in about 1945 and was also used by the military as a short wave radio in WWII. The log book attached to the bottom still has short wave frequencies recorded by the original owner.|
|I found this Philco console looking pretty beat up and sad at a swap meet a couple of years ago. After rebuilding the electronics and refinishing the cabinet, it is now much happier and better looking. It was made in 1937 and is a little unusual because of it's telephone dial tuner. The presets still have radio station labels from 1930's Los Angeles stations. The telephone on top was made in 1931.|
|If you checked into a motel in the late 1930's you would probably find one of these in your room instead of a TV. If you look carefully, you can see the coin slot at the top left of the console. Good entertainment doesn't come cheap!|
|Here's one you've probably never seen before. This Packard Bell was made in the mid to late 30's and is called a chairside. The advertisements usually featured the man of the house relaxing with his newspaper and pipe and one of these next to his big easychair. Unfortunately, I haven't had that experience yet since this one is next to the couch in my living room and my wife won't let me smoke a pipe in the house.|