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Post by killaudio on Thu May 24, 2012 2:34 am

I have come to you in hopes that you can help. I m inheriting some things from my grandmother...I was sent pictures of some of the items. Among them is an old radio. Can you all identify it?


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Post by Bill Cahill on Fri May 25, 2012 8:57 am

I can't read the name of the set on the coroded dial escutcheon, but, it is clearly a battery operated set.
It uses A, and, B batteries to power it up.
Not alot of collectability there, but, nice style case. Would make a nice display piece.
Don't throw it away.
If you don't want to keep it it's surely worth something, just not alot.
I like the style....
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Post by Electronhammer on Fri May 25, 2012 3:47 pm

Looks like "Airline" on the escutcheon.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Fri May 25, 2012 5:13 pm

I think Airline wins..... Thanks.......
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Post by denver on Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:33 pm

Is a 1933 set
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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:46 am

Thanks, Denver. I was wondering what year myself....
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Post by willy3486 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:16 am

Looks similar to a 811 airline but the 811 is a 120 volt ac set if I recall correctly. If you want ot find out for sure go to nostalgiaair.org and look through the airlines on the rider manuals. Or if you can find a number that can tell you what it is . I like it, I wouldn't mind finding one to make a power supply for.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:03 pm

Philco made two particular tombstones. ONe a battery, one a c powered. They both used the same vertical table model case with steps near the top on both sides.
One cabinet had a shelf for batteries. One didn't.
This is just an example to show mannufacturers sometimes built two different sets that looked the same.
Come to think of it, in the late 40's, so did both Crosley, and, RCA. The RCA sets were bakelite. Same case as an ac dc set. That one was actually ealier.
The Crosley sets were wood. Both had a monster dial, am, sw. Wrap around grills.
But, one was a 4 tube battery set.
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Post by willy3486 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:27 pm

Bill Cahill wrote:This is just an example to show mannufacturers sometimes built two different sets that looked the same.
Come to think of it, in the late 40's, so did both Crosley, and, RCA. The RCA sets were bakelite. Same case as an ac dc set. That one was actually earlier.

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I have a couple of RCA radios from the 40s I think. Neither one is really worth fixing. One is a wood case that's in really bad shape,not worth redoing. This set had a decent chassis. The other set has a great Bakelite case but the chassis is rusted. IIRC the two radios have the same model chassis. So I plan on taking the best out of both. Back in the days I worked on VCRs in the 80s many of them had different models and brands but internally the same. So I can see that in the 30s companies would put AC and batteries in the same or similar case.

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