1930-1937 The Depression and the Rise of the Golden Age of Radio

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Page 1 Cathedrals, Consoles, Tombstones and large Wooden Table Radios:

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Page 2 Compact and Midget Radios

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Page 3 Large Table Radios (greater than 12 " across)

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Page 4 Repairing an American Bosch Model 360 Radio Speaker

BOSCH SPEAKER REPAIR

The challenges of restoring "dead tech" see my personal experience on the Westinghouse WR-21 Radio restoration.

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Consoles, Cathedrals, and Tombstones

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CONSOLES and TOMBSTONE Style Radios


1931 RCA Radiola Superette Console- Model R9. This rare console version of the common R7 table model. The console uses a 12" diameter speaker. RCA controlled the superheterodyne patent and was basically the only one that could sell the better design for a premium price of course.

RCA Radiola Superette R7 (1931) - Table Radio
Comparison of the R7 Superette with the R9 Console Superette

American-Bosch 360 (Aeroscope) from 1932: Bosch was a German manufacturer that wanted a American foot hold. This radio is American made. Bosch is still in business today.
This radio was previously owned by Jack Plimel from Long Beach, CA, who donated it to me in 2013. More on this model in the Bosch Speaker Repair page. Go to the link above.
Jackson Bell 62 (1931 "Sunburst")Jackson Bell was a based in Los Angeles, CA and represented one of the few west coast companies that was license by RCA to make TRF and Regenerative Radios with Armstrong patents. The company would go out of business by the mid 1930's and the Bell part of the company would form a new company called Packard Bell.

The CATHEDRAL or Gothic Style Table Radios.

Made popular by Philco Radio

Philco 20 "Deluxe" (1931) Made in CanadaThe Radio that started Cathedral craze in the 1930's
Inside a Philco 20Typical early 1930 technology
Zenith 5S29 (1936) A classic multi-band tombstone radio that would make this style very popular with radio collecting (especially the round "big black dial").

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