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Motorola 53H (1954)

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Motorola 53H (1954)

Motorola Retro atomic design radio from 1954 in a beautiful sky blue Bakelite case. The design was influenced by the auto dashboards of the 1950's. The original black case has been professionally repainted into one of the original colors of the Motorola model 56-H sets. The case had no cosmetic damage, no cracks, chips, hairline cracks or repairs. The original back is on the set, and the radio is playing very well picking up all my local AM stations with no annoying filter hum. It has the original knobs, and silver knob inserts, usually missing. This is a fantastic Retro Motorola radio in a one-of-a-kind color. About 11-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 7"D (to end of the knobs).  $219.00. (1150577)

 

Philco 48-225 (1948)

Philco 48-225 (1948)

Deep red/maroon Philco in a styrene case that's in nice cosmetic condition. A few rubs and scratches, but no cracks or hairline cracks. Deep red color. This radio was featured in the "Brooklyn Bridge" TV series which ran in the 1990's on CBS about a Jewish family growing up in Brooklyn, NY. This radio was always shown in their son Michael's bedroom. Plays great, has been recapped, and picks up all my local AM stations clearly. Retro-Tronics replacement back on the set. About 9"W x 7"H x 6"D.  $149.00. (1150567)

 

Philco G-681 "Scantenna" Portable (1959)

Philco G-681 "Scantenna" Portable (1959)

Here is a pretty in pink Retro Philco portable Philco from 1959. It's their "Scantenna" with a ferrite rod in the handle which can be rotated for best reception. This was the only tube type portable Philco offered in their 1959 lineup. It uses four tubes plus a selenium rectifier, and can operate on AC or batteries. It plays fine on AC, but I have not tested on battery. The case has no chips, cracks or damage. The cord and handle are in good condition. A really cute little portable that was available in aqua, pink and red. About 10"W x 7-1/2"H x 3-1/2"D.  $89.00. (1150571)

 

Philco PT-43 (1939)

Philco PT-43 (1939)

One of the most Art Deco radios Philco ever made, introduced in August 1939. The walnut finish on this cabinet is original, and is in excellent condition. The brown trim is also in perfect condition. It has its original knobs, back, handle and label on the bottom. The radio has two bands, AM and the old SW police band. The chassis has been checked by a pro, and the radio is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. A great designed dial. Philco made this model in five trim versions: ivory, red, blue, green and brown. Only 1,300 were made in brown, and all versions were priced at $16.95 in 1939. About 9"W x 6"H x 6"D.  $189.00. (1150542)

 

Philco PT-69 (1939)

Philco PT-69 (1939)

This classic pre-War Philco trapezoid shaped radio was introduced in the Fall of 1939 for the 1940 model year. It comprises both a Sessions self-starting clock and an AM broadcast band radio. The neat compact case is finished in book matched walnut veneers with maple inlays. The case has been professionally refinished and is in beautiful condition, with just a few nicks. The radio has its original back, often missing on this set. The clock takes a few minutes to self start, but is working fine, keeping decent time once it starts off. The radio has been completely checked by a technician, and all tubes, resistors and capacitors were changed as needed. The radio is playing fine, picking up all my local stations. Philco PT-69 label on the bottom. About 11-1/2"W (bottom) x 9-1/2"W (top) x 8-1/2"H x 6"D.  $192.00. (1150490)

 

Stewart Warner 03-5A1 "Varsity" (1939)

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Stewart Warner 03-5A1 "Varsity" (1939)

This 1939 Stewart Warner "Varsity" is a great blend of Deco and Machine Age design. It was marketed toward college students, often painted in school colors, as well as brown Bakelite, ivory Plaskon, and ivory painted Bakelite. This radio has been completely restored inside and out to its original condition. The radio utilizes the same chassis as the 1939 Firestone Worlds Fair radio. Cool backlit dial. The case had no cracks or cosmetic damage, other than very minor paint chips. It has been professionally repainted in its original color, and has a baked on finish. The chassis has been completely restored, everything needing replacing was done, and the radio plays fine, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. The original back is on the case, and a Retro-Tronics perfect replacement is on top of that. The knobs and pushbuttons are original. About 12"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $229.00. (1150574)

 

Tom Thumb Automatic Camera Radio (1948)

Tom Thumb Automatic Camera Radio (1948)

Well, here is a radio that you just don't see very often, and in very near mint condition. I guess Automatic Radio of Boston thought you needed something to listen to when you were taking pictures. The reflex camera requires 127 Kodak film, and I have not tested its ability to take pictures, but everything seems to function property. I would suggest you take pictures with your iPhone. But the radio has been completely restored and plays fine for a four-tube set, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. It has two "D" cell batteries and a brand new 67.5V battery installed. The 67.5V battery cost $50, so I would play the set sparingly. The red crackle finish case is in really nice condition, just a few rubs. And all the original literature is still inside the case. The plastic strap is perfect. This is a highly collectible item among radio and camera collectors. About 11"H x 4-1/2"W x 4-1/2"D.  $349.00. (1150570)

 

Zenith 6-D-615 (1942)

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Zenith 6-D-615 (1942)

The 1942 Zenith is one of the classic pre-War Zenith designs before the company converted to wartime production. This set was designed by Robert Budlong, Zenith's most prolific radio designer. This Budlong design is known to collectors as the "Darth Vader radio" for obvious reasons. It has an undamaged Bakelite case with four caramel colored push buttons and matching knobs. A boomerang-styled dial gives this set instant appeal. There are no cosmetic issues like cracks, chips or hairline cracks. This six-tube chassis has been checked, and the set plays clearly picking up all my local AM stations during the day, and many distant stations at night with an internal loop antenna. A Retro-Tronics replacement back is on the case. "Zenith! The Quality Goes In Before the Name Goes On!" About 12"W x 8"H x 7"D.  $198.00. (1150576)

 

Zenith 7H822 AM/FM (1949)

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Zenith 7H822 AM/FM (1949)

A great antique radio to listen to, because you can listen to both AM and FM broadcast. This model in beautiful ivory Plaskon was an early Zenith entry into both AM and FM bandwidths. This Zenith is an almost impossible radio to find in ivory Plaskon without any cosmetic damage. The case has no chips, cracks or hairline cracks. They are also very hard to find with the brass Zenith eagle crest still on the case. Most fell off, or were pulled off by naughty children. The set has been checked by a professional, and is playing well on both AM and FM. Three front knobs for off/on, band, and tuning, and a side knob for tone. The original back is on the case. A nice example of Zenith history and case design, as well as a great set to listen to. About 12"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $165.00. (1150575)
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Restoration philosophy

My restoration philosophy is to leave these classic radios in their original condition as much as possible.  I hate refinishing or repainting a set unless it's absolutely necessary.  When this is necessary, I use a professional person for refinishing & repainting.  Over many years, I have attempted to acquire the best original undamaged examples of all models I could find.  They have been restored to playing condition unless noted. Any repairs that have been made, and any cosmetic flaws associated with the radio, are completely disclosed.  Keep in mind that these radios are 60+ years old, and, consequently, are not meant to played all the time.  We all love for these radios to play, but we also recognize that they should not be played all the time.

Warranty information

All radios are tested to make sure they are playing prior to shipping.  A lot of jostling in shipping can make tubes loose and connections become unconnected.  These are some of the unforeseen results associated with shipping.  I have no control over how the shipper treats the package.  If you purchase a radio and it is not working and playing when you receive it, I will offer several suggestions to help it work.  If those suggestions don't solve the problem, you are welcome to ship it back to me for any repairs that are necessary.  The radio will be shipped back to you at my expense, or your purchase price will be completely refunded if the set can't be repaired.

Conditions for return

I want you happy with any radio you purchase from me.  If you're not completely satisfied after receiving the radio, all you have to do is send it back in the same condition as shipped, and I will be happy to return your purchase price.  No sale is complete until you are satisfied.

Shipping

Anyone who has bought a radio over the past years can relate many horror stories about opening a box, and finding a cracked and busted radio inside.  I have experienced this, and consequently I do everything possible to prevent this from happening to you.  A seller really only has three choices for shipping.  I have had the most success using FedEx Ground.  My packing procedure is to wrap the radio in a foam pad (like a mattress pad), wrap that in large bubble wrap, lay the wrapped set on a thick layer of styro peanuts, and surround the package in the box with thick brown packing paper to make sure it's stabilized in the box.  Then top off with a layer of peanuts.  Another secret to safe shipping is to use a box much larger than the radio so there is plenty of room for protection.  When you cram a radio in a box about the same size as the radio (to save on shipping), you are asking for trouble.  Many people double box radios for shipping. I have found that if a radio is packed properly, single boxing is adequate and very safe.  All radios are insured and tracking information sent to the buyer.

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  • Thanks so much! The radio arrived in great shape and looks beautiful.
  • Awesome Crosley. Awesome! Very excited to get a great restore. I will be watching your page for more radios.
  • The Motorola looks beautiful without a scratch on it thanks to your extremely perfected packaging technique. On top of that, it sounds great. Tonight I picked up 14 stations.
  • The Admiral arrived today, it’s an amazing radio. Thanks for the excellent packing job, material of the radio looks very fragile.
  • David, The radio arrived yesterday , I love it! You did a Great Job!
  • The FADA arrived safely this morning. It far exceeds my expectations! The photo on Attic does not do it credit. It is lovely. The packing is superb as well.
  • The Philco arrived yesterday in great condition due to your superior packing.  Thank you so much!
  • Radio arrived today in Australia, and I am VERY pleased with my purchase!!! Plugged it in, switched it on and it plays magnificently - very clear and plenty of volume. Also my thanks on the packing - excellent wrapping and packing of the radio.
  • She's a beauty David, playing an oldies station now. Thanks for the great packing job.
  • The restoration is fabulous, and it plays just as well. The packaging is first rate. This is one of the best-packed radios I have ever received.
  • I received the little red RCA today. Thank you for doing such a great job of packing. The radio receives as good as it looks....GREAT! It is playing loud and clear.
  • Hi David, The 2 radios arrived yesterday in good shape. They are beautiful! Thank you very much.
  • The radio arrived today and I love it! it's so cool, and about the way you packaged the radio, very neat and well done! you know what you're doing
  • Hi David. Just to let you know that my Fada has arrived safely in Australia, and is working well. I am listening to it as write this email.
  • Hi, David the radio plays great and we love it here, picks up all the stations, nice tone.  Thanks for selling these!
  • The radio is at home in Spain. It is in PERFECT CONDITION, clearly thanks to the SPECIAL CARE you have taken when packing it, and it is VERY NICE and WORKS VERY WELL.
  • David, just wanted to let you know the radio arrived yesterday…beautiful. Thanks for taking great care in the packaging…arrived with no issues at all.
  • The Philco is beyond expectations.  You were also the best wrapper I have ever met.
  • Just to let you know that the Setchell Carlson arrived today in Australia without a hitch and in perfect condition. It performs extremely well & clear. Thanks for packing it well & look forward to future trades!
  • Brilliantly packed and man does that radio play like a champ! You are the best vintage radio seller, hands down. Thank you thank you!
  • The radios arrived today, safe and sound - thanks for a super packing job.
  • Just a quick note to let you know that the radios arrived last Friday, and both look great!!
  • The radio arrived in good shape and working fine. I wouldn't hesitate to order another radio from you.
  • I purchase from you because I trust you and you are a man of your word. What you sell is true to what you say it is.
  • The G.E. H-510 came today in great shape!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much, you did a good job restoring this one!!!
  • Prompt shipping, great packaging, excellent housing, and excellent playing radio. Thanks.
  • Just received the radio, what a great addition to our collection.... Thanks!
  • I want to thank you for your great customer care. I wish there was a place I could leave you feedback!
  • The radio arrived today. It looks great and plays well. Thanks for a thorough packing job.
  • The wood Crosley is a beauty! Thank you for the great packing and a fine radio to add to my personal collection.
  • Just a quick note to tell you the radios arrived last week and I got a chance to open the boxes today. I'm delighted with both, and the way they were packed. Thank you! Thank you!
  • Just got the Crosley!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Everything works great!!!!

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