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Antique radios

Antique radios

Aug 1, 2009 12:00 PM, by Erin Shipps, associate editor

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We stumbled upon Steve Johnson’s beautiful collection of radios and couldn’t resist passing it along. Stay tuned to a future issue for a snapshot of his tube testers. All information courtesy Steve’s website at:

This Philco 49-1401 Radio/Phonograph was produced in 1949 and plays 10″ and 12″ 78RPM records. It contains Philco’s M-7 automatic record player. Just slide your favorite record in the front. It starts automatically.

These Pee Wee Pocket Radios are early (1940s?) portable crystal radios. One lead clips to any good ground and the other clips to any metal or wire that will act as an antenna. No batteries are required. This radio has no earphones. You hold it up to your ear to listen to an AM station.

A Freed-Eisemann NR-7, a two-stage Neutrodyne Receiver, sold by Clark Music in Syracuse in the 1920s.

A Crosley 50 AM Tube Radio (1924) was Steve’s first antique radio. “A friend of my father gave it to me when I was around 16,” he wrote. “Using a Crosley ‘Book Condenser’ for tuning, it has one tube and runs on batteries. It was most often used with headphones. To the left of it you can see the base of a Radiola (RCA) speaker (1924).”

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