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Airline 62-274 (1938)

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Airline 62-274 (1938)

Airline was the store brand for radios sold by Montgomery Ward department stores. These radios were manufactured by different companies, many by Wells-Gardner. The ebony Bakelite cabinet on this 1937/1938 radio is in excellent condition, and the molded leaf decorative trim on the top of the case really gives it a 1930's Art Deco look. There are no cosmetic issues like chips or cracks, rare for a set this large. It's a five-tube AM radio with a power transformer and a sixth green 6U5 eye tube, which is bright, strong and works exactly like it should. The grille cloth is original, along with the knobs. The set has a new cord for safety. It plays well, picking up my local AM stations without any filter hum, and pulls in distant stations at night with its antenna wire extended. Full label on the bottom. With its power transformer, this is a heavy radio, with a beautiful lit up dial. About 13"W x 8"H x 7"D.  $249.00. (1150673)

 

Crosley 11-103-U (1951)

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Crosley 11-103-U (1951)

Orangey red Crosley 103-U in 100% completely restored condition. The celery green case had a hairline, so it's been completely repaired and repainted by a body shop professional in an original 1951 red color. No visible repairs to the case, no cracks or other damage. Matching color coordinated knobs, original back in place. The radio has been gone over by a professional, and everything needing replacing was done, and is playing well, picking up all my local AM stations very clearly. A very cute Crosley Bullseye in very nice condition and a killer color. About 9-1/2"W x 6"H x 6-1/2"D.  $189.00. (1150674)

 

Motorola 53-LC-3 Portable (1953)

Motorola 53-LC-3 Portable (1953)

Colorful Motorola sub-miniature tube portable from 1953 with a hand wound clock. These four-tube sets originally sold for $45 in 1953, quite a bit of money for a beach radio. They came in three colors: dark green, gray and maroon. They have three sub-miniature tubes, and one standard tube. This radio plays fine, picking up all my local AM stations. It has been recapped and checked completely by a professional. The clock, which is hand wound, is also working fine, keeping pretty good time. The case is in excellent condition, with no cracks, chips or hairline cracks. The handle and line cord are in perfect condition, and the two original knobs still have their brass inserts. This radio comes with its original leather carrying case. It's the only one I have ever seen with its original case in good condition. About 9"W x 8"H x 3"D.  $156.00. (1150670)

 

Sparton 132 (1950)

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Sparton 132 (1950)

A really nice cranberry red Retro Sparton radio from 1950, nicknamed the "Football" radio for obvious reasons. This is a hard to find color in this model. The cases were made out of plastic, and consequently most of the survivors show a lot of wear. But this case is in very nice condition, with just a few scratches and rubs, but no cracks, tube burns or major cosmetic issues. It does have its original back and original knobs with brass inserts. The chassis has been completely gone over by a professional, and everything needing changing was replaced. The radio is playing really well without any filter hum, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. About 13"W x 6"H x 6"D.  $165.00. (1150676)

 

Stewart-Warner A51T3 "Air Pal" (1947)

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Stewart-Warner A51T3 "Air Pal" (1947)

Stewart Warner midget "Air Pal" radio from 1947 with a binocular case design unlike any other radio ever made. In excellent 100% original condition exhibiting no cracks, chips, hairlines or repairs. The brown Bakelite case is in beautiful condition looking much like it did new in 1947. The original label is on the bottom. The radio plays great, picking up all my AM stations clearly. Cute set, great dial! It is very small at about 9"W x 5"H x 3"D.  $169.00. (1150675)

 

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-014-W (1942)

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Zenith 6-D-014-W (1942)

A Zenith "Boomerang" type design that has been attributed to Zenith's great industrial designer Robert Davol Budlong. The model was introduced in 1942 just prior to entry into WWII, and the suspension of all domestic radio production. It reappeared on dealer shelves in 1946 right after the end of the war. It's a six-tube superheterodyne chassis covering the AM band. It has been checked by a professional, and plays perfect, picking up all my local stations, and many distant stations at night. The case is in great cosmetic condition with no cracks, chips or other cosmetic issues. An original back is on the case. This is a really nice example of this model Zenith. About 12"W x 8"H x 6"D.  $175.00. (1150677)

 

Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

The year 1939 produced some beautiful radios designs, but none better than this Zenith 6D311 tabletop set, which is an icon of the Art Deco period. It was designed by Robert Budlong, one of Zenith's most prolific radio engineers. This beautiful completely professionally restored set in Franciscan Brown originally sold for $14.95. These radios were offered with gold dials or black dials. This radio has the somewhat harder to find black dial. The case is in really nice condition, with no cosmetic issues, no cracks, chips or repairs. It plays fine with just a short antenna wire, but even better with a link to an external antenna, as this model did not have a loop antenna. The dial lamp works fine. It has its original back on the set. About 10-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 7"D.  $199.00. (1150671)

 

Zenith 6-D-410 (1939)

Zenith 6-D-410 (1939)

This pre-War Machine Age Zenith is a very hard to find classic Art Deco radio, in a one-of-a-kind design. Legend is that it was the only set Zenith ever tried to recall. The radio and case have been completely restored, and the radio is working and playing well, picking up all my local AM stations. According to John Bryant's anthology, "ZENITH, The Glory Years," the company's founder, Commander McDonald, became interested in the possibility of using Bakelite in molding radio chassis as well as the cases. A decision was made somewhere to use an inverted chassis, and problems soon arose from owners and technicians due to the fragility of the Bakelite. An attempt was made to recall all sold and unsold radios, and legend has it that Zenith destroyed many of these sets. Hence, there were not an abundance of these radios left. You are buying a part of the history of Zenith Radio when you buy this radio. If it was good enough for Clark Gable (shown with the pushbutton model), it has to be good enough for you! About 8"W x 6"H x 5"D.  $182.00. (1150658)

 

Zenith 6-D-425 (1940)

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Zenith 6-D-425 (1940)

Here is a Zenith that you seldom see. It's a prewar 1940 completely restored model 6-D-425, a cousin of the 6-D-413 Bakelite line. The inverted chassis, which loads from the bottom, has six tubes, five plus a ballast tube. Unlike the Bakelite models, this model is completely walnut encased, and has a beautiful escutcheon with the Zenith name at the top. The case has had a professional refinish with a striking photo finish highlight as it looked on the Zenith dealer's shelf. This radio is part of Zenith's foray into the molded Bakelite chassis process, which is described in John Bryant's book "Zenith, the Glory Years." The radio was shown in the Zenith 1940 catalog as having a four inch speaker, and the price was $24.95. The chassis has been gone over by a professional, and everything needing changed was changed out, including a new safe cord. The radio is playing well, picking up all my local AM stations. It really has a beautiful lit up dial. About 11"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $295.00. (1150678)

 

Zenith 6-S-321 "Stars & Stripes" (1939)

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Zenith 6-S-321 "Stars & Stripes" (1939)

Here's a beautiful Art Deco Zenith pre-War model 6-S-321 from 1938-39, highly prized among collectors. The radio cabinet is in rare shape because it still retains its original faux burl photo finish. Many of these cabinets have been completely refinished, and when stripper was applied, the faux photo finish was gone forever! Only the top, which had some scratches and wear, was professionally refinished to match the rest of the case. The radio is working and playing when using an extended antenna wire. This model is referred to as the "Stars and Stripes" for its beautiful brass escutcheon. The brass escutcheon has been polished back to like new condition. The grille cloth and the knobs are completely original. It has a striking gold dial and clear glass original cover, and twin dial lamps. And it has five original push buttons and dial station tabs. The Zenith model number is stamped on the back edge of the case. These radios never came with backs. I love radios that were featured in movies. This set was featured in "RIO RITA" with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Nazi spies were trying to sneak bombs into the USA from Mexico. About 17-1/2"W x 11-1/2"H x 8-1/2"D.  $399.00. (1150672)
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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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  • Hi David - the Crosley got here safe and sound. Unpacked it today - it's so beautiful - thanks so much for taking such good care of it.
  • Received the radio. Well packaged, great Housing, plays great. Thanks.
  • Got the zenith and etching, all is well, no damage and the little gem sounds great, picking up all my local stations with no annoying filter hum. Once again, thanks for your help with my collection.
  • They arrived today, right on time, and powered up and played just fine! Great radios, thank you!
  • The Zenith arrived today in Finland, itís in awesome condition. Like a new one. Thank you again for your perfect packing job. You are still the best!
  • The Philco radio got here today in excellent condition. We unpacked, set the clock and turned it on. We will enjoy this radio for many years! Thank you!
  • Received the Philco clock radio and it is lovely. Thank you very much for your courtesy and cooperation.
  • I got the Zenith yesterday, I opened it today and plugged it in. What a beautiful radio. It couldnít be any more perfect. Thank you very much!
  • 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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