John's Antique Radios

 

                           

 My first radio, a 1936 Zenith Model 9-S-55 "Deco-Style" Console in rich, brown walnut and walnut burl wood, proudly occupies a prime spot in the family room. The original advertisement for it reads:

"9 tubes. Tunes American and Foreign Stations: police, amateur, aviation conversations, ships at sea. Tuning range of 5 wave bands on 3 simplified dial ranges. 12-inch Auditorium dynamic speaker. Black Magnavision Dial, bands individually illuminated in colors; Automatic band indication A-B-C; Split-Second Tuning. Overtone Amplifier. 42 inches high. Price $119.95".

1936 Zenith AM/SW Console Model 9-S-55

Electronically restored. The beautiful walnut cabinet had been painted a dark red/brown by a previous owner, so this radio has had its cabinet completely stripped of paint and refinished to its original look, including replacement, original-look grill cloth.

 

1937 Zenith "Arm Chair" AM/SW Console Model 6-S-249

Original finish. This is a relatively rare radio for both design and condition. It has been electronically restored and has a rich, mellow tone. Perfect for those "Big Band" tunes. I have also acquired an original magazine advertisement from 1937 showing a housewife relaxing in a chair adjacent to this very same radio. Originally sold for $79.95

 

 

"Pre-October 1937" Emerson AM/SW Table Model AL130 (Ingraham Cabinet)

Cabinet displays three distinctive inlaid black-lacquered horizontal "stripes" to add to its art-deco appearance. 6-tubes. Stripes have been relacquered and the cabinet has received a low-gloss overspray to enhance the finish. Electronically restored.

 

 

1937 Emerson AM/SW Table model 169 (Ingraham Cabinet)

Cabinet displays a grille area with an art deco curvature and vertical louvers. The bottom of the radio is accented with three elegant inlaid wood red pinstripes. The cabinet finish is original and displays richly detailed grains and swirls throughout. The classic gold dial is is trimmed in black with a gold centered pointer. Features AM/SW and tone control. 14"W x 9½"H x 8½"D. Electronically restored.

 

1937 Emerson AM/SW Table Model R-158 (Ingraham Cabinet)

Features a gorgeous dark walnut Ingraham cabinet, shiny brass pinstripe trim and attractive gold sunburst dial. (PHOTO SOON)

 

1937 Zenith model 5-R-135

Termed 'Long Distance', this tapered Art Deco tombstone radio has a dark walnut cabinet with black lacquered edges and a backlit black dial. 10¾-12“W x 16¾"H x 7¼“D.

    

 

 

1941 Emerson AM Table Radio Model DB-347 (Ingraham Cabinet)

This small radio is one of the most beautiful radios in my collection. Use of superior woods coupled with great styling make this a collectible radio. Note the three delicate inlays on the curved wood speaker grill cover. Electronically restored, it boasts its original deeply-grained finish, gold Emerson "G" clef logo decal, and brass Ingraham name plate on the cabinet bottom. The classic gold dial is trimmed in black and ivory with a red centered pointer. AM reception, loop antenna, and full back. 10¾"W x 7¾"H x 5½"D. Originally sold for $17.95.

1941 Zenith AM Table Radio Model 6D-526 (Ingraham Cabinet)

This rare radio was found in October 2004 in a shop in Iowa's Amana Colonies. Note the rounded "waterfall" top with striking wood grain pattern and the vertical wood slat speaker grill cover. Still in great condition at more than 60 years of age, it has been electronically restored.  This radio also received a light coat of low-gloss sealant to bring back the color and protect the wood.  It has its original black dial and white plastic "Z" knobs and "Z" dial pointer. Measures 12"W x 8¼"H x 8"D and originally sold for $25.00.

1952 Crosley AM Clock Radio Model 11-121U (Black Bakelite)

In black bakelite, an early plastic, this radio was one of several styles in the early 50's referred to as "dashboard" radios because of their resemblance to an automobile's dashboard instrument cluster.  Electronically restored. Clock keeps perfect time. There's a built-in electrical outlet on the left side where you could plug in an appliance such as a coffee maker (good old percolater) that would start up when the clock-radio turned itself on.

 

1952 Crosley AM Clock Radio Model 11-121U (Brown/Maroon-Painted Bakelite)

In brown/maroon-painted bakelite, this radio was one of several styles in the early 50's referred to as "dashboard" radios because of their resemblance to an automobile's dashboard instrument cluster.  Electronically restored. Clock keeps perfect time. There's a built-in electrical outlet on the left side where you could plug in an appliance such as a coffee maker (good old percolater) that would start up when the clock-radio turned itself on. Same radio as the black one show above.

Late 1950's Zenith AM Clock Radio Model C624V (Pink & Black Plastic/Gold Trim)

This perfectly working radio has a built-in electrical outlet on the back for your favorite appliance. Features a "snooze Alarm" button on top.

1953 GE AM Clock Radio Model 548PH in rare RED Plastic

Rare red plastic case (not painted) with no cracks or chips; electronically restored. Complete with original back and knobs, phono jack, and a 110 volt outlet plug for your coffeemaker.