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PSARA 2021 Radio Photo Contest


A. Crystal Sets

A1: 1923 Crystal Set – Atwater Kent manufactured parts and a few sets for promotional purposes

Original factory sets are non-existent but the parts can be original Atwater Kent parts such as the Type 11 Tuner here.

A2: Mid-1920s Homebrew

This crystal radio has tapped antenna and pickup coils and a galena detector. It’s finicky, but does work sometimes.

A3: 1962 Disaster Radio Model B-1

A4: 1990 Restoration Hardware Crystal Rocket Radio

Reproduction of 1950’s “Rocket Radio” crystal set

A5: Wood box from the 1920’s

A6: 1920s? Unknown Manufacturer Crystal Radio

I lost the crystal at one point. I finally bought a new one, but it was too big to fit. Found the original when moving.

A7: 1924-1925 The British Thomson-Houston Co. Ltd. Bijou, Type “C” Form “B”

Purchased from a club member. Set still has a crystal and cat’s whisker in place, and does function.

B. Battery Sets

B1: 1926 Cotton – Samson Superhet

Designed by R.W. Cotton, this superhet kit has Samson transformers, three IF amp stages, and an added current meter.

B2: 1923 Atwater Kent Model 4340 Type 10

This is the most elaborate Model 10 with 42 brass knurled nut connectors. Original finish on this radio

B3: 1926 King-Hinners Radio Company a subsidiary of Sears. Model 61-H ?, Neutrodyne

Console is 36” W, 23” D, 41” H, rotary antenna behind left bottom door. Company radio production about 6 months.

B4: 1923 Radiola Special

Single 199 tube

B5: 1923 Crosley Ace Type 5

A one tube radio but the same parts as the Crosley Pup, but a lot more affordable.

B6: 1924 Magnavox TRF-50 Model “A”

Early single-dial tuned set, using variable inductors instead of capacitors. Has a built-in horn and speaker terminals.

C. A.C. Wood – Pre-1945

C1: 1937 Silver 139-I

This incredible Silver 139-I in antique ivory lacquer has all-original finish, knobs, grill cloth and electronics.

C2: 1936 Zenith 4P26

Picked up on eBay some years ago; line cord was wired to the audio portion of the volume control  :(Plays fine now.

C3: 1941 Motorola 61T23

This radio required a recapping, refinishing, new dial cord, new fabric, and new pushbuttons. Last pic: pre-restoration.

C4: 1936 Montgomery Ward Airline by Belmont Model 62-317

This is original finish 7-tube AC set with tuning eye.

C5: 1937/38 Zenith 5S-220

Rarest of the Zenith “cube” radios. Tunes AM broadcast band and 5.6 – 18.5 MHz shortwave.

C6: 1939 Emerson model 256 (Stradivarius)

Ingraham solid tiger maple violin cabinet. F note top, grille bar strings. Cabinet is refurbished, radio re-capped.

C7: 1932 RCA Radiolette model R-7

Weighs a ton and plays beautifully on the broadcast band and phono input. Electronically and cosmeti-cally in nice shape!

C8: 1929 Marti

Uses unique Kellogg tubes

C9: 1937/1938 Fairbanks-Morse 8A

The chassis originally had a mesh cage covering the top, unfortunately often discarded on F-M radios during servicing.

C10: 1936 Philco Big Bullet 610T

I was amazed at the Art Deco Styling.

D. A.C. Wood – 1945 and later

D1: 1946 Westinghouse model H-130

With push-pull output, this “AA6′′ with a 5” speaker has excellent sound quality after recap & repair. A daily player.

D2: 1946 Stewart-Warner 9000-B

My 1st tube radio. Recapped with new dial cord, it’s my best-sounding radio, with great reception and a tuneful speaker!

D3: 1957 Telefunken Opus 7

A wonderful-sounding radio!

D4: 1946-1947 Emerson model 241

Cabinet design by Michael Graves. Modern design for the time, but not a commercial success. Re-capped and refinished.

D5: 1965 KLH Twenty-One

FM table radio I restored for my mother-in law, who had a love of music. Sadly, she died before I could give it to her.

D6: 1947 Newcomb B100

Institutional radio used in schools, like Ralphie from A Christmas Story might see when sent to the principal’s office.

D7: 1945/1946 Sonora RCU-208

Unrestored condition.

E. A.C. Metal

E1: 1938 (Approximate) E.H. Scott Radio Laboratories, Inc.,
Formerly Scott Transformer Company
Model Sixteen/Phantom Prototype.  S/N JJ-226

One-of-a-Kind purchased from Scott’s show-window in Chicago. Never in production. Have purchase documentation and box.

F. A.C. Plastic

F1: 1947 Arvin Noblitt Sparks Industries Model 664

Six-tube with rf stage.  Nice tuning and sound.

F2:1947 Meck MirrorTone 850

Found on Seattle craigslist, this little 4-tube TRF radio is in near-mint condition.

F3: 1948 Delco Radio Corp R-1233

I bought it for that one little ripple of plastic running down the front.

F4: 1948 General Electric 115

I acquired this set at an estate sale, and it is all original. Other than a layer of dust, it was in excellent shape.

G. Amateur/Ham, Military, and Communications Receivers

G1: 1933 Patterson PR-10 and PR-10 Preselector

This is 10-tube superhet 0.5 to 21 MHz receiver with rare matching Patterson 2-tube preselector.

G2: 1966 Heathkit Mohican GC-1

My father brought this radio back from Nigeria with us in 1971 when my family returned from the mission field.

G3: 1937 Pierson-DeLane PR-15 with matching speaker

Plays well. Purchased from the 1st owner, a Silent Era film actor (Joseph Schildkraut–photos) who was in over 50 films.

G4:1966 DR-30 Davco (by Davco Electronics, Inc.)

Rare item, only about 600 made. One of the first solid-state ham receivers; very compact for its time but very capable

G5: 1946 Stewart-Warner Electric Model 73B Portafone Citizens Radio Class B Station

Two phones, 470 Mc, 2 tubes in each, 90V. and 6.3 V. Batteries needed, with case.

G6: 1982 Kenwood R600

Communication Receiver, 150 kHz – 30 MHz, AM, USB, LSB, BFO, new condition with original manual

G7: 1944 Howard Radio Company BC-1306

To open a green case and see something so shiny and new, it was surprising.

H. Novelty

H1: 1960 Swank, Japan Cruiser Outboard Motor Radio

Six transistor, 9 volt, Recapped and Excellent Radio

H2: 1998 Polyconcept Streamliners

I’ve collected up every color of these Streamliners that I can find.  Eight so far!

H3: 2015 Live Sports Radio OneTune

Seattle Seahawks earphone radio for stadium use — given away during the 2015 Season by American Express

H4: Late 40’s-early 50’s Emerson History of Nations book collection look-a-like

I. Pocket Transistor Radios Entry

I1: 1995 Sony ICF-SW100S

Pocket transistor radio covers 150 – 30000 kHz; AM, AM-Sync, SSB (BFO); 70-108 MHz, FM stereo

J. Other Transistor Radios

J1:1957 Emerson Model 847 Miracle Wand

An early 6-transistor AM portable radio.

J2: 1999 Eton E1-XM

Portable communications receiver, 100kHz-30MHz, AM, FM/FM stereo, USB, SB, CW, Satellite ready. Very few manufactured.

J3: 1970 Brother International Corporation; New York Aquatron VX-33

K. Vacuum Tube Portables

K1: 1940 Colonial 985514

This is a battery-only 4-tube superhet portable.  Its most unusual feature is its mottled gray plastic knobs.

K2: 1949 Emerson Radio 520 Memento

I opened an uninteresting black case to see what has been described as Catalin front. Very catching to the eye.

K3:1956/57 Zenith Transoceanic Y600

A near-mint Transoceanic. I bought it at a PSARA August swap meet about 12 years ago.

K4: 1953 Zenith Trans-Oceanic H500

Radio is mid-restoration. Repaired the spring pop-up antenna, recapped, and made many repairs to the stag covering.

K5: 1957 Motorola 5P32E

Four tube AC/DC battery portable, like new with original owners manual

K6: Zenith 6G501M

My grandpa had a radio like this in the house my mom grew up in. I bought this one for my mom for Christmas 2020.

K7: 1939 Majestic Radio & Television, Chicago, Illinois Majestic 130W Portable

Sold as the “Little Gem Camera Radio,” this minimalist radio has a paperboard cabinet and hooks for a shoulder strap.

L. Miscellaneous Hardware, Microphones, etc.

L1: 1927 Metropolis Radio Lamp Manufacturer unknown

A promotion for the 1927 debut of Metropolis directed by Fritz Lang. The original vellum shade is ex-tremely delicate.

L2: Introduced in 1946 Wilcox-Gay 6B30

This is a rare home recorder that cuts 78 RPM records from either a microphone or the radio. A gift from 2 dear friends.

L3: 1982 Radio Shack 28-258

Science Fair 160 in One Electronic Project Kit, like new condition

L4: 1920’s Brand unknown – metal base Metco mfg. Brooklyn NY

L5: Early 1940’s Possibly the PYE Corporation

Referred to lovingly as a “dogbone”

L6: 1951 Turner TV1 Signal Booster

This TV Signal Booster is unusual in that it makes no attempt to hide the fact the FM band is between channels 6 and 7.

L7: Karaoke Santa with Mini Cathedral Radio

Animated 14″ tall Santa with radio that plays Bing Crosby singing “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”

M. Signs, Ads, Documents, Books, and Printed Material

M1: Possibly mid-1950s Motorola “Home Radio” neon sign

Motorola advertising sign built by unknown manufacturer, intended as a countertop display.

M2:1950’s RCA Nipper Dog

I bought this 18″ Nipper Dog from a friend who owned it for 20+ years—the Army Air Corps get up was his unique touch.

M3: 1930’s – 1940’s Brunswick Radio