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Airline 62-274 (1938)

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.  $199.00. (1150673)

 

Belmont 6-D-111 (1946)

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Belmont 6-D-111 (1946)

Beautifully completely restored Art Deco Belmont radio from 1946. This model is renowned for its beautifully colorful half moon dial, its clock dial pointer, and its great curvy bullet shaped design. The original back is on the set and in excellent condition. Most backs are in very poor shape. No cosmetic issues and no repairs to the case were made. Original knobs and six push buttons. The radio has been gone over by a professional, all tubes and capacitors needing changing were changed, and the radio is playing great, picking up all my local AM stations clearly and several distant stations at night. Most of the label in on the bottom. This is one of the most collectible radios ever made, and its design looks much older than its post War date. A great Art Deco radio sized at about 12"W x 6-1/2"H x 7-1/2"D.  $179.00. (1150685)

 

Emerson 540A "Emersonette" (1947)

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Emerson 540A "Emersonette" (1947)

Post-War Emerson midget in a beautiful fire engine red professionally painted case. Super Christmas color! The case is in excellent cosmetic condition. No repairs were necessary as it was in perfect condition. The black midget knobs are original, and the case has its original back in excellent condition. The radio has been recapped, gone completely thru by a professional, and is playing great, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. Here is a description from a 1947 ad for the radio: "Emerson Radio Model 540. World's Smallest AC-DC Superheterodyne. Alnico 5 Permanent Magnetic Dynamic Speaker, Built-In Super Loop, Automatic Volume Control, Many Other Advance 'Big-Set' Features." This is a nice alternative to the red Plaskon set, usually damaged and/or priced through the roof! A super holiday gift! About 6-1/2"W x 4-3/4"H x 3-1/4"D.  $179.00. (1150687)

 

Emerson 724 Series D Clock Radio (1953)

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Emerson 724 Series D Clock Radio (1953)

Cute midget sized Retro Emerson clock radio in spectacular condition and color. No cosmetic issues, no cracks, no chips, no hairline cracks. This case is beautiful Christmas red Plaskon, not painted. The model came in several colors, and is a very hard radio to find in this bright red color and without any damage. The clock works quietly, keeping good time, and the radio is playing very well picking up all my local AM stations clearly, and many distant stations at night. The chassis has been checked by a pro, and all items needing changing were replaced. The coolest feature of this set is the dial pointer. The dial light is directed into the dial pointer as a lighted spot, and the spot moves around the dial as you tune different stations. Very ingenious. Also midget sized at about 7-1/4"W x 6"H x 5-1/2"D.  $219.00. (1150686)

 

Zenith 5-R-317 "World's Fair Glass Rod" (1938)

Zenith 5-R-317 "World's Fair Glass Rod" (1938)

A beautiful completely restored Art Deco Zenith that should be in every collection. It was designed to be part of the 1939 New York World's Fair ("Building the World of Tomorrow"), in all probability by Robert Budlong, one of Zenith's most prolific designers. The chassis is an AC powered superhet with five tubes and a power transformer. The radio originally sold for $29.95. This was an incredible radio positioned between the Great Depression and what was soon to erupt into WWII. It appeared in two 1942 movies, "Woman of the Year," and "Nazi Agent." The walnut case has been refinished in Mohawk lacquers, the twelve glass rods are perfect, as are the eleven gold painted wooden spacers. It has an original Deco dial and dial pointer, and a nice swirled Tenite dial escutcheon. There are five original push buttons. A new reproduction back is on the case. The radio has been recapped and is playing clearly utilizing just a short antenna wire. About 14"W x 8"H x 8"D (to left front of case).  $699.00. (1150680)

 

Zenith 6-D-014-W (1942)

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-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.  $159.00. (1150658)

 

Zenith 6-D-512 "Beehive" AM/SW (1941)

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Zenith 6-D-512 "Beehive" AM/SW (1941)

Pre-War Zenith AM/SW in beautiful undamaged condition. One of Zenith's last manufacturing runs before switching over to wartime production. The case has no chips, cracks, or cosmetic damage. This Art Deco look was drawn by Robert Budlong, a Zenith engineer who was responsible for many of Zenith's classic radio case designs. This radio is known by collectors as the "Beehive" or "Stack of Pancakes" radio for obvious reasons. It has an eye catching blue dial face with foreign countries marked. Three original knobs, on/off, band and tuning. The chassis is a strong performer with six tubes, and it has been recapped so it plays clearly. I was able to listen to all my local AM stations clearly, and some distant AM stations at night. The dial lamp works fine. Excellent replacement back from Retro-Tronics. About 12"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $224.50. (1150688)
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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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  • David. I received the Bendix today and must say I am very pleased. Thanks much for a speedy and safe delivery.
  • The Motorola radio arrived in good shape yesterday. Thanks again!
  • The radio arrived today in Australia. Super well packed. Looks great and plays nice and clear!
  • Hi David! Just a quick note to say I got the radio this past Saturday and it arrived in perfect condition thanks to your careful packaging. I love the radio!
  • David, the Zenith arrived safe and sound. Looks and works great! Thanks!
  • 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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