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Zenith 5-S-29

Some of the items from my Antique Radio Collection.

Also see some of the items in my vintage
Bicycle Radio Collection ,  Record Player Collection,
and Test Equipment Collection.

Crosley 50 Tube Radio Crosley 50 AM Tube Radio (1924)
This one is where my collecting started. This is my first antique radio. A friend of my father gave it to me when I was 16. I uses a Crosley "Book Condenser" for tuning. The Book Condenser is made from two pieces of iron that opens and closes on a piece of mica. It has one tube and was battery powered. It was used with headphones but there was an optional add on battery powered amplifier for powering a speaker. To the left of it you can see the base of a Radiola (RCA) speaker (1924).
Pictures (use your back button to return to this page):
Larger Photo Book Condenser
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Crosley 50, 51, and 52 Crosley 50, 51, and 52 AM Tube Radios
Here are all three of my Crosley 50 series radios from 1924.
Model 50, 1 tube (top)
Model 51, 2 tubes (middle)
Model 52, 3 tube (bottom)

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Crosley V Crosley V Radio (1923)
This Crosley V from 1923 is the earliest Crosley in my collection. It predates the 50 series shown above. This particular V has a Book Condenser made from wood. The hole in the top was from the factory and was not to release hot air but to provide room for the tips of some brands of tubes and view the tube filament as the voltage was turned up. The small hole in the front panel proved unsatisfactory for easily watching the tube filament.
Larger Photo
Wooden Book Condenser

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Dynacone F Speaker Crosley Dynacone F Speaker

Larger Photo (use your back button to return to this page)
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Simplicity of Radio, Powel Crosley Simplicity of Radio by Powel Crosley, 1924
Edition sixteen, published by Crosley tells "just what the radio is and how it works".
80 pages
View On-line
View it here on-line.

Radio Construction For the Amateur Radio Construction For the Amateur, by Merle Duston, 1924
1920s guide to building proper radio sets
40 pages
View On-line
View it here on-line.

Majestic Super B Battery Eliminator
When electricity became available to the home in the 1920's, battery eliminators were a popular way to power existing battery operated radios. By the 1930's most radios manufactured were AC powered.
This unit still has the original Majestic 4 pin rectifier tube.
Photo of face
1926 Advertisement
Servicing Early Power Supplies (PDF File)
Not For Sale

Freed-Eisemann NR-7
My big and beautiful two stage Neutrodyne Receiver.
Sold by Clark Music in Syracuse in the 1920's.
Picture (use your back button to return to this page)
Not For Sale

Colby Radio Research Laboratory, Auburn NY "Colby Radio Frequency Broadcast Receiver"
Auburn, New York - circa 1925
Colby Radio Receiver, Auburn NY
Edward L. Colby was a pioneer and founder of one of the first wireless schools. He was also an experimenter and inventor of early tuning apparatus and a manufacturer of receiving equipment.
More about Edward L. Colby and the
Colby Radio Research Laboratory in Auburn, NY

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Philco T62-24 Philco T62 Pocket Transistor Radio
Very nice portable "50's" V style Philco "Transistor Six" AM Radio Model T62-124
Has CD (Civil Defense) markings on dial. Manufactured about 1960/61. Hard to find model. Not listed or pictured in most Transistor Radio collectors books.
Not For Sale

Pee-Wee Instructions
Pee Wee Pocket Radios
These portable Pee Wee pocket crystal radios were sold from the late 1940s through the 1950s. Ads for them were common in boy's magazines. One lead clips to any good ground and the other clips to any non-grounded metal or wire which would 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. Pee Wee Pocket Radios were manufactured by Western Manufacturing who also sold similar crystal radios under the names Pa-Kette, Tiny-Mite, and Ti-Nee. Many were distrubited by Mid-Way Sales, Kearney, Nebrska.
1950s Ad
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Larger Photo
Original Box
Instructions (PDF File)
External Aerial Instructions
Antenna Notice
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Zenith Racetrack 1951 Zenith H511F (Racetrack) AM Table Radio
This style AM tube radio is known as the "Racetrack" model because the front face resembles a racetrack's oval shape.
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Not For Sale

Peerless Globe Radio Peerless 6 Transistor Globe AM Radio
I don't usually collect novelty radios but this one looks good on the shelf with my Robbie the Robot, Marvin the Martin, and other Sci-Fi stuff.
Not For Sale

Philco Model 66 Cathedral Radio (1935)
Nice working radio.
Not For Sale

Philco Grandfather Clock Philco 570 Grandfather Clock (1931)
This Philco Grandfather Clock stands 6 feet tall. It uses the model 70 chassis.
Larger Photo (use your back button to return to this page)

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Zenith 5-S-29 Zenith Model 5-S-29 AM and Shortwave Radio (1935)
This 1930s tombstone model was available in a Walnut or Ebony finish.
Larger Photo
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Atwater Kent Kiel Table Radio Atwater Kent/Kiel Table Radio (1929)
This is actually a table manufactured by the Kiel Furniture Company of Milwaukee and sold by Atwater-Kent. It contains a 55C radio chassis and a 10" speaker. The power AC and antenna are routed through the back legs.

Larger Photo
Inside Photo
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Mike Jr.
Mike Jr. Toy Microphone
Sold as a toy in the 1930's, it wired directly into a radio's circuit.
Photo w/box
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Micro-Vox Wireless Microphone
Micro-Vox Wireless Microphone
This Micro-Vox wireless microphone was sold as a toy in the late 1940's and early 1950s. Takes a C size battery, has one small tube with a ground and antenna wire. The Micro-Vox has on/off switch and a knob that turns a small tuning coil. Unit pulls out of its stand.
Micro-Vox 1952 Ad
Micro-Vox 1949 Ad
Micro-Vox 1952 Ad
Micro-Vox Instructions
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Radio Orphan Annie Decoder Badges

Radio Orphan Annie Decoder Badges
1936, 1937, 1938, and 1939.
Larger Picture
Remember to eat your Ovaltine...
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RCA Victor Service Pin RCA Victor 10 Year Service Pin
This beautifully designed RCA Victor 10 Year Service pin is 10K gold and only 5/8" wide.
It has the classic RCA logo on the left and Nipper The Dog on the right over "His Masters Voice".
Size Comparison Photo
More Radio Service Pins
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Peerless Reproducer (Rochester NY) Wooden Cathedral Speaker
1924 RCA Radiola Loudspeaker Model UZ-1325
Not For Sale

Atwater-Kent E Speaker Atwater-Kent Model E Speaker
Early type E speaker with round holes on back. Working, with original cloth wire and ends.
Not For Sale

Zenith Zenith M505 Wave-Magnet AC/DC Portable AM Radio
This ia a nice working Zenith M-505 tube AC/portable with a cool detachable Wave-Magnet suction cup antenna. Very "Retro" looking.
Not For Sale

Zenith Trans-Oceanic Zenith G500 Trans-Oceanic Portable Radio
This is a six band radio. Broadcast (AM), 49 meters, 31 meters, 25 meters, 19 meters, and 16 meters. Pushbutton band selector and a removable Wavemagnet antenna inside the cover.
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Coca-Cola Bottle AM Radio Coca-Cola Bottle AM Transistor Radio
This AM Coke bottle transistor radio from 1979 is the same size as a 6½ ounce Coke Bottle of the time. It was sold as a promotion by Coca-Cola and is very common. The cap is the on switch/volume and the base tunes the stations. It's powered by two AA batteries.
Larger Photo
Coca-Cola Promotions Package
1979 Bottle Radio Promotions Package

GE 1950's Portable Transistor Radios
(Left to Right)
P1731B Pocket Transistor
P-807J Horizontal Portable
P1710A Pocket Transistor (with case)
Not For Sale

GE P-2710C Portable Transistor Radio (1960s)
This is a General Electric "Long Range" portable transistor radio. Tuning is at the top with a unique angled tuning indicator wheel. This radio marked the beginning of GE's importing from Korea.
It is new in its box and even includes the headphone, paperwork, and the original 9 volt Transistor Battery.
Photo with box
Not For Sale

GE Superadios
Not For Sale
GE Superadio Portable AM/FM Transistor Radios
These GE portable transistor radios are considered by many to be the best sounding of the transistor portables produced by GE. These are not antiques but are popular with some collectors and DXers. Manufactured between 1979 and 2008, these radios are capable of operating on AC or 6 D cells. Although these are not antiques, the SR and SR II are much sought after by collectors with the most popular model by far being the Superadio II.
SR II - Model 7-2880-(A/B)1979 - 1982
SR II - Model 7-2885-(A thru F) 1983 - 1986
SR III - Model 7-2887 1992 - 2008
Shown left to right are the GE Superadio, Superadio II, and Superadio III.

Superadio II Service Manuals are available HERE

RCA 1950's Portable Radios
(1 Tube radio, 2 Transistor radios)
(Left to Right)
3RH21G Pocket Transistor 4 volt (with case)
2B403 (1952) Horizontal 4 Tube Portable
1-TP-2E Pocket Transistor 4 volt
Not For Sale

RCA Victor 1-B-X64 RCA Victor model 1-B-X64 portable/AC AM radio
Rotating antenna, Nipper logo on front and "CD" marks on dial.
Larger Photo

Not For Sale

RCA 1-T-5L RCA Victor model RCA 1-T-5L portable AM radio

Radio turns on and off by flipping cover of dial open and closed. Nipper logo on front and back, "CD" marks on dial. Operates on 4 "C" batteries.
Larger Photo

Not For Sale

Matsushita T-50 Matsushita T-50 Portable AM radio - 1961
Larger Photo w/leather case

Not For Sale

Darb Holiday Bicycle Radio The Darb Holiday Bicycle Radio - 1956
If you were a kid in the 1950s, having a radio on your bicycle gave you status.
More Darb Information

More Bicycle Radios and History

Not For Sale

Radio Game "RADIO" Bingo Game
For two to twenty four players. Shout "RADIO" when you get 5 in a row. Game instructions on inside of cover.
Photo of contents
Photo in box

Not For Sale

Scott 370R, Kenwoof R-2000 What I use on a daily basis:
(Not a tube radio in the bunch)

AM/FM Stereo - When I'm at my office workstation I listen to a vintage Scott 370R Stereo Receiver (A). For AM/FM portable use around the yard and in the shops I have Superadio IIs (B).
Shortwave - For shortwave listining I use a Kenwood R-2000 (C) in the office and use a little SONY ICF-SW7600GR (D) for portable S/W.
Larger Photo

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