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Acmeflex (circa 1925)

Well, it’s not an attractive radio, but it represents a clever “open source” approach to the problems of expensive tubes, hard-to-find parts, and patent royalties, back in the 1920’s. And it worked surprisingly well. A big question is what can be expected from a radio like this. Restoring this antique answered this question and was

Atwater Kent model 12 (circa 1925)

The first Atwater Kent radio sets are fascinating antiques because of their appearance. They were unique in being constructed in a modular fashion without a cabinet. Although there were many companies that sold radio parts and kits of all types in the 1920’s, i think Atwater Kent was possibly the only major company that sold

Philco 46-1203 (circa 1946)

This 1946 model was purchased at an antique store in Jamestown, NY.  It was a relatively easy restoration project, requiring basic stripping and refinishing of the cabinet, and typical electrical work.  By the 1940’s parts were very standardized, the design of the circuits was straightforward, and the most difficult to repair components like transformers and

Crosley “Fiver” 517 (circa 1937)

There are a few models called the Crosley “Fiver”.  This chassis (517) was used in a tombstone, a metal cabinet table radio, and a chairside radio (model  567, selling for $27.95).  The tombstone had two flavors…the one I have is the early 1937 version; this was changed later in 1937 to a plain and much

Crosley 10-135 (circa 1950)

This cool little bakelite radio came from a yard sale near my home, and needed a bit of cleaning up and alignment.  Crosley sold this model in several colors in 1950, and the photos i’ve seen of museum-quality pieces show this particular color was a bright, appliance white.  This one was in great condition with

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