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Zenith 4-V-31 "Farm Radio" (1935)
(wood tube tombstone radio)

Zenith 4-V-31 "Farm Radio" (1935)

In 1935, the use of battery-powered radios, known as "farm radios" was widespread. The REA (Rural Electrification Act) didn't come around until 1936, so many rural areas of the country were not connected to the power grid, with some areas not hooked up until 1950. This radio could be powered with a six volt battery found in the family car or truck. Zenith also sold the "Windcharger," a wind-powered generator to charge the batteries when they were not in use. The 4-V-31 is a four-tube, six-volt, AM only radio. We replaced all of the capacitors with modern equivalents. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where needed. We installed new power leads for a six-volt source and an external audio cable for Bluetooth use. A new vibrator tube was installed and should keep this radio going for years to come. We are offering a six-volt power supply so the radio can be used as it was designed by simply hooking up the two marked power wires and plugging in the power supply. (see picture) Gary stripped this beautiful cabinet and ended up with a gorgeous "piano" lacquer finish. The original knobs are with the set. This rare, fully functional six volt radio will certainly be a unique addition to your collection! 15-1/2"H x 13"W x 10"D.  $699.00. (1600516)

Zenith 4-V-31 "Farm Radio" (1935)

In 1935, the use of battery-powered radios, known as "farm radios" was widespread. The REA (Rural Electrification Act) didn't come around until 1936, so many rural areas of the country were not connected to the power grid, with some areas not hooked up until 1950. This radio could be powered with a six volt battery found in the family car or truck. Zenith also sold the "Windcharger," a wind-powered generator to charge the batteries when they were not in use. The 4-V-31 is a four-tube, six-volt, AM only radio. We replaced all of the capacitors with modern equivalents. The resistors and tubes were checked and replaced where needed. We installed new power leads for a six-volt source and an external audio cable for Bluetooth use. A new vibrator tube was installed and should keep this radio going for years to come. We are offering a six-volt power supply so the radio can be used as it was designed by simply hooking up the two marked power wires and plugging in the power supply. (see picture) Gary stripped this beautiful cabinet and ended up with a gorgeous "piano" lacquer finish. The original knobs are with the set. This rare, fully functional six volt radio will certainly be a unique addition to your collection! 15-1/2"H x 13"W x 10"D.  $699.00. (1600516)
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