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In case you didn't read the prior page about these radios, these radios all work as new! They have been totally renovated and are guaranteed to work for 1 year and probably will work for at least 20 years.

Please don't ask me to evaluate a radio. There are so many makes and models that I am unfamiliar with and I don't have the time to do research for others. You can do a search for Radio Price Guides on the Internet or look in a library for one.

Note: Some of the vintage radios below look nice from the front and sides, but not so nice from the back. If the backs of these radios were missing when acquired, then a substitute back was made for it. Sometimes the original back is intact, but in poor condition. If it serves the intended purpose, the radio is left with the original back. New reproduction backs are available at: www.retro-tronics.com.

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1946 - General Electric (201) - (12in. x 7.5 in. x 8 in.)

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This General Electric model is very similar to the one pictured below. Instead of the gold colored grille cloth, it has a brass, or brass plated speaker grille. The brass looks much brighter than the pictures show. The radio is in excellent condition, both electrically and cosmetically, with the exception of two very slight hairline cracks on the top front at each end of the grille. They are barely noticeable. $220.00

1946 Howard (901-A-I) - (9.5 in. x 7 in. x 7 in)

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A cute little AM radio with a jewel-like dial. It doesn't take up much shelf space, and looks great with its rounded edges and unusual grille bars. Like all the early radios, it uses a wire for an antenna that needs to be extended to bring in distant stations. It’s been repainted to the original color with an antique Ivory tint. Back not original. $150

1946 - General Electric (200) - (12in. x 7.5 in. x 8 in.)

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This AM radio has the rounded edges typical of the 1940’s style. The half round tuning dial reminds one of the speedometers on the older model cars. It's a nice dark brown color with an uncommon swirl pattern in the Bakelite. The violet elements in the dial add to it's charm. No scratches, breaks, or blemishes worth mentioning. Restored: plays well.

1948 - Radiola (76ZX11) - (12 in. x 8 in. x 7.5 in.)

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Here's a great table-model radio. It sounds great and looks great. In fact, it looks like a new radio. There are no chips, cracks, scratches, or color fading.
It's unusual to find a radio that's over 50 years old in such good condition. With care it will last another 50 years. The back is not original.

1954 - Silvertone (3026) - (11 in. x 5-1/2 in. x 5-1/2 in.)

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This is one of the nicest looking clock radios I have found. Nice dark green color, gold trim, and contrasting knobs. It's in excellent working condition, having been restored, and the case has been polished. The clock works and is quiet, and seems to keep time. (I haven't tested it for weeks, just a few days.)
There are some scratches through the original paint along the right and left edges of the top, but they are not apparent unless you hold the radio up to a light. There is no back on this radio, just the antenna board.

1948 General Electric (115) - (12 in. x 8 in. x 8 in.)

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This is a very attractive radio. Instead of a grille cloth, it uses a brass or brass plated screen. No defects in the brass except for a few areas near the bottom where it's oxidized a little. One knob has a flat spot on one side where it touched something hot like an iron or something, but it's not very noticible. Other than that, this radio is beautiful! Oh, it sounds great too. Brings in lots of stations and has a clear sound.

The Bakelite case is sort of a brown/maroon and has an attractive mottled look. Very minor scratches, no chips or cracks, and it has a nice shiny look to it.

1950 General Electric (136) - (12.5 in. x 8.5 in. x 7 in.)

The slight outward curve of the vertical grille bars on this radio gives it a distinctive look. What a nice color too. I don’t know if it’s a cream color or a light yellow, but it’s pleasing to look at.
An AM radio with nice, soft, smooth curves, this one has a round dot of soft light in the center of the dial that glows when the lights are out. Very clean. Shines like a new radio!

1946 - Sonora - (RBU-207) - (11 in. x 8 in. x 6.5 in.)

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This A.M. wood radio is very distinctive with its flowing wind-swept lines. The pictures portray it being a little redder than it really is. It's more of a reddish brown. Brings in lots of stations sounds great.
Made by Sonora Radio and Television Corporation in Chicago.

1946 - Philco (46-350) - (12.5 in. x 10.5 in. x 5.5 in.)

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Portable battery powered radios became very popular just after WWII. This model is farily common, but it is unusual to find one in a condition as nice as this. Wood roll-top lid, tambour covering, warm wood tone, and portablility made this radio special in it's day. Designed for battery (not readily available) or A.C. The power cord is stored inside. Beautiful conditon, works like it's a new radio.

1946 - Setchell-Carlson (416) - (10.5 in. x 7.5 in. x 7 in.)

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Known as a "Frog Eye" to collectors because of the tuning and volume knobs protruding from the top. The Bakelite cabinet on this radio has the appearance of fine old leather. Another unusual feature of theis radio is that the chassis hangs upside-down in the cabinet.

No chips, or cracks. Shown without a clear plastic dial cover. It has one now and a more approprate dial indicator. The speaker has been patched, and it sounds great now.

1953 - Crosley (11-123-U) - (13 in. x 7.5 in. x 7.5 in.)

The Crosley "Dashboard" radio has that classic 50's car styling. This is one of the most popular radios for collectors of vacuum tube radios. The color is a maroon which sometimes looks like a deep red, sometimes like a reddish-brown, depending on the light. This is an AM radio with an alarm clock and an outlet for appliances that will be activated by the time set on the alarm.

The clock works and is quiet, the clock knobs are replacement knobs (most of these radios are missing the clock knobs). The alarms work, and the outlet works. The radio has a nice tube-radio tone, lots of volume, and brings in lots of stations using the built-in antenna. I have installed new rubber feet to replace missing feet.

The paint is original, but has some paint chips, and a couple of faded areas on the top and front as indicated in the 5th - 8th photos. They are not noticible under normal house lighting. The gold trim has been refurbished and shines like new. Of course, as with all the radios on this page, it has been totally electrically reconditioned as described on a previous page. This really is a sharp looking radio.

1950's - Philco (D-593-124) - (9 in. x 7 in. x 7 in.)

From the late 50's if not 1956. Sharp looking radio, don't you think? Philco was starting to get into using different colored plastics at this time. I've never seen one like this and it's not in any of my books.

1940's - Silvertone (7134) - (14 in. x 9 in. x 7.5 in.)

This nice wood radio is probably from the late 40's. The wood has been touched up and a light lacquer finish applied to it to make it smooth to the touch again. It has a few character marks in it, but overall it's a pretty radio. It sounds good, and has a built-in antenna. You can see it as a round object on the left side in the back view. No back.


1946 - Crosley (56TX) - (12 in. x 7.5 in. x 7 in.)

The Crosley 65TX is a super radio! This little radio not only brings in AM stations, but also short-wave foreign broadcasts. It's been repainted from a dull cream color to red and white to make it stand out and demand attention. The sound from this radio is great. You'll love it!


1949 - Philco (46-350) - (12.5 in. x 10 in. x 6 in.)

Portable battery powered radios became very popular just after WWII. This model is fairly common, but not in this condition. Roll-top lid, tambour covering, warm wood tone and portability make this radio special. Operates on AC.(Cord inside.)

1951 - Crosley (11-120U) - (13 in. x 7.5 in. x 7.5 in.)

This Crosley "Dashboard" radio has that classic 50's car styling. This is one of the most popular radios for collectors. Unfortunately, most of these radios have the paint chipped up and the gold worn off the bottoms of the bezels and knobs. A beautiful white radio buffed to a smooth high gloss. The only marks on it are a few very tiny "flea-bites". The electronics have been renovated as described on a previous page, and the dial bezels and knobs have been re-plated. It's now a jewel of a radio!

1939 - General Electric (H-610) - (10 in. x 7 in. x 8.5 in.)

This beautiful Bakelite radio is quite rare and unusual. The Bakelite is highly figured and lighter in color than the usual radios. The swirls in the plastic really pop out at you. What's really unusual about this radio is that it doesn't have a cardboard back like most of them. Instead, it has a molded back of Bakelite held on with four screws. Another unusual feature, is the pushbutton tuning. Push the button and the station you have preset comes in right on the money. They're easy to set too.
Just lift a button, insert a small screwdriver into the screw under the button, loosen the screw, tune in the station you want, re-insert the screwdriver and press in and tighten the screw. It's a very accurate and easy way of setting the stations unlike other systems.
There are a couple of minor defects on this radio. There are two bars missing on the back and the dial is a little warped and has a small chip of plastic missing from the bottom left corner. Still, it's a pretty radio.


 

1946 - Learadio (567) - (10.5 in. x 8 in. x 7.5 in.)

This Learadio was made by Lear Incorporated from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They only made less than a dozen models that I know of: all in the 1940's.
This one was in poor condition, but it's been repainted and buffed to a slick finish. The grille design incorporates a distinctive stylized "X". It's a very nice looking radio.


1955 - Zenith (T825) - (12 in. x 9 in. x 9 in.)

This is a beautiful, later model Zenith portable radio in a maroon Bakelite case. This is one of the best sounding table-top radios by Zenith. Many radio collectors on Internet discussion groups have recently voted this radio as being one of the best radios in their collections.
Some of it's features are: both AM and FM bands, a large 6 inch speaker, a phonograph jack and switch in the back, and a special type of tone control in the center of the dial. The tone control varies both bass and treble as you turn the knob. Very unusual!
This radio has a great antenna built in so it brings in lots of stations clearly on both AM and FM bands.


1950 - Motorola (5H1) - (10.5 in. x 6.5 in. x 6.5 in.)

Here's a jazzy looking radio. When I got it, it was in poor condition. The Bakelite finish was worn and couldn't be polished. It had a crack in the top, and the brass of the dial and knob brights was a mess.
The brass has been replated, dial numbers gilded, the case has been painted gloss black, and the crack has been repaired.


1950 - Crosley Coloradio (10-139) - (12.5 in. x 7 in. x 7 in.)

This Crosley has nice chrome and original green paint. The paint has a few chips here and there mostly on the top. I felt it was better to leave the original paint rather than repaint it. The chips aren't that bad. Crosley went all out on this radio, styling yet another of their radios after the cars people loved to drive in the 50's. Chrome on the cars: chrome on the radios. (Crosley also made cars.)


1942 - Philco (42-321) - (13.5 in. x 8 in. x 7 in.)

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A nice warm-toned wooden radio with a nice diagonal grain pattern on the front. The grille cloth is original. The cabinet has not been refinished.
This radio was manufactured just before World War II. During the war, production of consumer sets was stopped. I can imagine people listening to news of the war on this very radio.


1952 - Philco (52-545) - (11 in. x 6 in. x 7 in.)

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This Philco clock radio with its multi-level design and horizontal thumbwheel makes it desirable among collectors. The clock works, the radio plays well, and it still has the original paint and back. This is one of the nicest of the clock radios available.


1960's - Motorola (model unknown) - (11.5 in. x 5.5 in. x 6.5 in.)

This radio is probably from the very early 1960's. Nice swept-back design. It originally was a dirty brown color, but has been repainted pink. Examining it up close, it's hard to tell that it's not pink plastic and has been repainted.


1960 - Zenith "Twilight" (E514) - (12 in. x 6 in. x 6.5 in.)

Here’s a beautiful coral or salmon colored radio. Radios in pink, salmon, or coral are very hard to find, and it’s EXTREMELY hard to find one that works. This one is in excellent condition and has been totally renovated. Like new again! The clock works, keeps time, and the radio plays loud and clear with no hum or static, brings in lots of stations. It's like a new radio! No chips, cracks, or scratches.


1951 - RCA (X-551) (13 in. x 8.5 in. x 6 in.)

The end of the Second World War allowed radio manufacturers to resume radio production. After a few years they began experimenting again with new materials and designs.
This radio reflects that new attitude of anything goes in radio design. This is a near perfect radio. Not a chip or scratch on it. As close to mint as you can get!


1960 - Viscount - (FM-600) - (11.5 in. x 7 in. x 6.5 in.)

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This AM/FM radio was made by the Consolidated Sewing Machine Corporation, probably in the early 1960’s.
It has been repainted from a dull white, to an apple green color. Excellent paint job. Looks like the plastic is green. A beautiful radio. Sounds as good as it looks and sports FM too!


1956 - Coronado "Reporter" (48-8342A) - (13 in. x 8 in. x 6 in.)

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A nice chocolate & cream Bakelite AM radio with styling that really stands out. Large easy-to-read tuning dial. No cracks, chips, or scratches. All original, but the electronics have been renovated.
It plays well, and the big speaker has good tone. Slight hum off station, inherent in the circuitry I would guess. Not noticeable while playing.


1955 Sylvania (R518) - (12 in. x 7 in. x 7 in.)

Here’s a nice red radio in that great 1950’s style. It has it's original red color. Actually, the plastic is red. The knobs are original, and it's been electrically restored of course. It plays well, brings in lots of stations with the built-in antenna, and sounds as good as it looks.


1941 - Emerson - (330) - (12 in. x 8 in. x 7.5 in.)

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Nice looking Emerson pre-war radio. Deep speaker grille louvers wrap around the side. Nice dark walnut Bakelite case. Plays great. Has a new back made for it since the original was missing. This radio has 2 cracks in the case. Both have been repaired from the inside but they both are evident. Neither show up much because the case is so dark. One is on the top left corner about 3 inches long, the other is about 1 inch long in the center top of the face. You can see that one in the first picture.


1949 - Silvertone (8052) (12 in. x 9 in. x 8 in.)

Silvertone radios were sold by Sears & Robuck Co.. This nice wood radio has an antique brass plate on the front that creates a nice rich looking radio as it's combined with the warm wood tones. The wood of the cabinet has been refinished, the brass was just cleaned up. This is a great sounding AM radio and of course it has been completely electrically restored.


1940's - Automatic (CL-164) (13 in. x 7.5 in. x 6 in.)

A beautiful wood clock radio built by the Automatic Co. which is still in business. The clock works, the radio plays loud and clear, and gets lots of stations.
Wouldn't this radio look great in a vacation cottage?


1941 - General Electric (LCP-609) - (13 in. x 9 in. x 7 in.)

The warm wood-tone of this radio make it stand out as a nostalgic antique. It's a beautiful radio to display with its multi-tone design. It sounds as good as it looks!


1956 - CBS (T201) - (9.25 in. x 6 in. x 6.5 in.)

Now here’s a jazzy looking radio! What style! A gold “steering wheel�? dial, pastel color, smooth rounded design, ultra-modern 50’s design. What more could you want?
How about a great, full bodied sound? This radio has it all. Expect lots of compliments on this one. Rare (color has been touched up)


1948 - Philco Transitone (48-250) - (11 in. x 7.5 in. x 6 in.)

This 5-tube AC/DC radio is from Philco's Transitone line. They made quite a few of these in slightly different styles. As with most of the transitones, this one has the friendly rounded edges and wrap-around grille. This walnut plastic radio plays well and brings in lots of stations.


1953 - Crosley (D25) - (13 in. x 7.5 in. x 7.5 in.)

This Crosley "Dashboard" radio has that classic 50's car styling. This is one of the most popular radios for collectors. Unfortunately, most of these radios have the paint chipped up and the gold worn off the bottoms of the bezels and knobs.
This radio started out as a Chartreuse radio in really poor condition. It's been repainted and buffed to a smooth high gloss. The electronics have been renovated as described on a previous page, and the dial bezels and knobs have been re-plated. It's now a jewel of a radio!


1956 Zenith (Z733) - (15.5 in. x 7.5 in. x 9 in.)

Here's a cool '50's clock radio. Two cubes placed within a rectangle. An AM/FM dial on the left, and a clock/alarm clock on the right. It also has an outlet on the back that you can plug a coffee pot into and have the clock start your percolator for you in the morning. This tube radio, being an FM radio as well as AM will allow you to pick up your satellite radio from your home transmitter since they broadcast FM. How cool is that?


1956 Zenith (Z512G) - (12 in. x 6 in. x 7 in.)

Here’s a cool looking 50’s radio in gray and gold. This radio sports twin speakers as well as vernier tuning allowing you to tune in that favorite station with ease.
There are a couple of cracks in the case which have been repaired from inside. Still, it’s a great little radio and displays well.


1948 Trav-Ler "Lunchbox" (5049) - (8 in. x 6 in. x 5 in.)

Here’s a nice little 4-tube portable radio in exceptional condition. Very little wear from the years. The handle is a home-made replacement with a slight kink where the leather joins underneath, but everything else is original. This radio has not been electrically restored. Other than the handle, which is OK, the radio is in near mint condition.
It may work if batteries were available, but it probably took a 90 volt or 67-1/2 volt battery besides the 2-“D" cells.


 

1946 General Electric (100) - (12 in. x 8 in. x 8 in)

This radio has the rounded edges typical of the 1940’s style. The half round tuning dial reminds one of the speedometers on the older model cars. It's a nice dark brown color with an uncommon swirl pattern in the Bakelite. The violet elements in the dial add to it's charm.


 


1939? Stewart Warner (R-180-A) - (17 in. x 11.5 in. x 10 in.)

Here’s a nice antique wood radio. It has been electrically restored and the wood cabinet has been refinished. This is both an AM and Short-Wave radio. Clip a wire (the longer the better) to the antenna wire in the back and listen to your favorite stations. The large speaker puts out nice quality sound. It has a tone control switch and a lighted dial that looks great at night. This radio sound great and gets lots of stations from around the world.


1954 Zenith (L-721) - (12.5 in. x 7.5 in. x 8 in.)

This is a nice AM/FM radio from the early 1950’s. It’s made of a dark Bakelite plastic with an unusual diagonal dial across the front. It’s a great performer with a built-in AM and FM antenna. An FM external antenna wire can be used for even better reception. This radio is in near mint condition.


1957 General Electric (C-416?) - (13 in. x 7 in. x 7 in.)

A typical Pink clock kitchen radio of the 1950’s. This radio is unusual in that it now works without crackling noises, him, distortion, or fading. Every one of these type clock radios I’ve come across has these problems. This one did too, but not anymore! It plays like a new radio again.
Pink radios are hard to come by, especially one as nice as this.


1954 Motorola (53C-1B) - (10.25 in. x 5.75 in. x 6 in.)

This Motorola is a nice looking clock radio with an antique brass or bronze bezel around the clock. It too has been restored, but the clock runs a little slow. I guess the clock is old and can’t get around very well. Still, it’s a very clean, attractive radio. Great for listening, or displaying as an antique. Looks like mint.


1956 Zenith (Y723) - (13 in. x 8 in. x 8 in.)

This nice chocolate & cream Bakelite radio stands out from a distance. You can tell it’s an antique radio right away. It features both the AM Broadcast band and the FM band. FM came out just after the Second World War with a different frequency range than what we use today. This is the more modern frequency FM. A nice looking radio!


That's all for now. More coming soon!

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