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Mid-Century TV Sets and Tube and Transistor Radios
Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:00 pm
Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:06 pm
Very Cool! Also, you are a great photographer!
Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:53 pm
Very nice! I particularly like the Westinghouse in your fifth picture.
Panasonic had a cool line of radios ca. 1967 - I especially liked the ones with the transparent casings that had all the innards on display.
Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:53 am
Great collection Roadside. Thanks for sharing your excellent photographic work with us.
Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:18 am
Those are wonderful! When I see a great old collection like this -- cars, appliances, anything, really -- I am always reminded about how many manufacturers there were at one time. It always makes me a little sad to think that they have all gone by the wayside, either by being bought out or by a failure of marketing or technology, or by simply being priced out of the market as competitors grew and gained economy of scale.
Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:34 pm
Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:07 pm
I still collect radios, but only when they're really boss; I kinda stopped because AM-radio is pretty much dead. I have a book's worth of foul language for the &%$! who killed it too. I have a real weakness for Channel Masters; I would listen to mine for 8+ hours a day, 7-days a week, and the batteries would last about three years; no foolin'! I LOVE that old AM-radio-sound, people have gotten so jaded these days, it almost sounds weird to me when I hear certain songs on big speakers. I want to hear what that O.M.G.S. speaker sounds like; who manufactured it?
I like the old portable tube radios too; I have a 1957 Ranger-700 built but Motorola. The handle is the antenna, so you rotate it for better reception. Are you lucky enough to be able to use yours and hear what you want?
Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:08 pm
Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:35 pm
I can't get a picture at the moment, my aunt own's the radio.
I've thought about buying it from her though, and if i do, i'll take a picture for you.
She also has some transistor's that were used by stewardesses on an airplane, i'll ask her somemore about those.
Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:42 pm
Some really nice stuff there! I'm starting to run out of space for my tube sets, but haven't picked up any small transistors...yet. I listen to as many of mine that work or have been repaired as often as I can.
Great tv too. I picked up a nice portable set recently that doesn't work either.
Maybe a tube radio and tv thread are in order too??
Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:52 pm
Great idea, wwilber! I've just edited the title of this thread.
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:44 am
A few of mine:
Arivn Twin Speaker
Westinghouse (with legs!) 1954
A Raymond Loewy Zenith 1946
Philco "Hippo" 1946
RCA Deluxe "Socialite" 1957
I could go on, but that's already a lot!
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:38 am
Okay, now you're just showing off! (good for you-really!) Do you work on your own sets? I'm slowly figuring it out, the high-voltage on TV's is pretty unnerving, 50,000 Volts-DC is not something I want to find out what feels like first hand, so I do it slowly.
I have a 1957 Hotpoint (G.E.) 17-inch, that I can't wait to watch; I also have a 1956 G.E. 14-inch, what I think is a 1959 Emerson 19-inch, looking for the remote that goes with it too, and a boss 1963 Hewlett-Packard 17-inch that's white faux-alligator, trimmed in gold and pink; when you change the channel, there's a grid that the numbers light up behind, like a bingo-card.
Do you know about this place:
You can get schematics for your tube sets, not to mention capacitors and resistors.
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:01 pm
wwilber: Ha! I saw those on your Flickr site the other day! You've got some fantastic radios!
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:44 pm
Slim - Sounds like you have some pretty cool tv's.
I haven't attempted working on anything myself yet, though I have a good basic understanding of what to do. Just a little intimidated I guess. I had the Philco professionally redone, some others came to me that way, and some still work; though I don't use any that haven't been restored much.
I do enjoy cleaning them up though, a lot of these were beyond filthy when I got them.
I did repaint the Zenith myself, and was able to save the original speaker cloth.
I do enjoy the clean-up, I think its all part of the fun.
Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:05 pm
I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooper jealous. All I've got is an mediocre 1951 GE 218.........
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:54 pm
Does anyone have a Predicta?
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:12 pm
First of all, I imagine you're all familiar with the replica Predictas:
AND I need to strongly recommend this amazing tube radio and tube TV repairman in Los Angeles. http://stay-connect.com/
This fellow injection molds replacement parts and cobbles together tubes from all over the world.. He fixes 1940s teletype machines for crying out loud. Absolutely incredible.
NOW I need to share my sad, sad story. When I was a teenager I collected radios. Beautiful, amazing $5 radios from the bountiful thrift stores of the 1980s. Sigh. When I was 17 my house burned down. I was standing on the lawn and asked the fireman if he could get my glasses. They were on the blond two-tier formica nightstand next to the bed on top of a little pink GE clock radio, thank you very much. He brought out a huge hunk of melted plastic with tubes sticking up out of it and asked me "Is this it?"
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:33 am
Yes, the replica Predictas are preeety cool. I reaally dig the meteor and chalet models, but theyre soooooooooooooooooooooo expensive.
Your whole collection gone?
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:51 pm
Nothing survived my fire...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:55 pm
I threw a party once at a beach that had severe noise restrictions.. no amplified music - at all. Solution? Get a DJ, rig up an AM transmitter and have everyone bring their vintage portable radios! Success!
Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:19 pm
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Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:56 pm
Nichols: That's a heartbreaking story about the fire.
Slim and Gaby: The link does not work.
Here's a shot of my Zenith television set...
...and a shot taken at the Clark County Heritage Museum in Henderson, Nevada...
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:06 am
Geez eh! I don't know why it has to be so !@#$%&!@ hard to post a %$#@!## link or image$#@!@#!!!!!!!!!! Perhaps that one will work!
This one's kinda cute too if the $#@!@!## link works:
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:10 am
That mysterious blob in the window on the Philco image looks like some kinda claw from a bad movie...perhaps it's the crab people from galaxy Z-24?
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:33 am
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Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:36 am
Well duh! I don't know why I forgot about this image:
That's Gabby with my GE 14-inch (yikes, that's sounds kinda naughty!)
Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:29 pm
Roadside, is that the Zenith with the Flash-Matic remote?!