Crosley Model 20 “Fiver” tabletop AM/SW radio, ca. 1942. This is a 5-tube tabletop radio in a very nice walnut case (15 in x 8 in x 8.5 in high, 11 lb). Note the subtle banded trim band around the middle. In the 1920’s Crosley Manufacturing Corp. was the largest radio producer in the world, working out of Cincinnati OH; they produced radios from 1921 to 1956. This radio is working and pulls in several AM stations with good volume and minor buzz; we could not get any shortwave transmissions, but we did not try too hard. For shortwave, a longer antenna wire is usually needed; there are two antenna wires coming out of the back that would need to be connected to a longer wire for better reception. There is a switch on the back, POL-BC, that allows you to switch between police band radio (shortwave) and AM antennas, and the middle knob in front switches the tuner. You also can have phonograph or TV sound input to this radio, as described on the chassis label. The dial and knobs appear original; the dial cover is a replacement. The dial is nicely lit when the power is on. The grille cloth may be original and could stand to be replaced; replacement radio grille cloths are readily available on eBay and easy to install. $100-$200.
Silvertone Model 6250A tabletop AM/SW radio, 1939. This is a wooden case AM and shortwave radio manufactured by Sears, Roebuck & Co. in 1939. The walnut case (14 in x 7 in x 9 in high, 11 lb) with pecan (?) trim has been refinished; the 6-tube superheterodyne radio has been restored and has good AM reception and volume with minimal hum. There are several interesting features to this radio: It has five push-buttons for preset stations (I’m not sure how you set them), the four original labeled wood knobs (on/off/tone, volume, tuning, and an AM/SW switch), a dial that indicates the countries associated with various SW frequency ranges (want to tune in Java or Prague?), and a “cat’s eye” tuning tube that glows green and focuses as you tune in a station – how cool! I imagine the plastic dial cover and grille cover cloth are replaced, as is the wood backboard and power cord. There is a switch on the back that lets you plug in a phonograph and play it through the radio. Another attractive radio from the golden age of radio – that sold for $19.95 in the 1939 Sears, Roebuck catalog. $200-$300.
Emerson Model 425 portable AM radio, 1942. This is a portable AM radio with a telescoping handle on top so you can carry it from room to room. It is 10.5 in x 6 in x 7.5 in high in a refinished maple case with a walnut veneer front. It’s a 5-tube superheterodyne receiver with restored electronics, but reception is poor in my basement. The dial and dial cover are original, as are the on/off/volume and tuning knobs. The backboard and power cord have been replaced. Emerson logo decal on the front, the dial lights up when power is on. $175-$225.
Bendix Model 753W portable alarm clock-AM radio, 1953. This is a small (10.5 in x 6 in x 9.5 in high) wooden case radio “The Bedford” in a blond or whitewashed/pickled oak finish that is worn and in need of rejuvenation. The front plate is glass with the clock set back. The alarm turns on the restored, 5-tube superheterodyne radio. Both the clock and the radio are working fine, with good reception and clear sound. The power cord has been replaced. $50-$75.
Philco Model 84B cathedral AM radio, 1934. This is the early version of this model, a 4-tube superheterodyne radio in a dark wood (mahogany?) case with a lighter wood inset around the speaker. Old or original finish, original knobs; speaker cloth, dial, and power cord have been replaced. Tubes and resistors were checked and replaced as needed, and radio was realigned. The case is 12 in wide, 8 in deep, and 14.25 in high; there is no back on the case. A great looking radio, and it sounds as good as it looks. $175-$250.
Crosley Model 10-136E tabletop AM radio, 1950. Just look at this black beauty! Doesn’t it look like it is ready to roar off down the road? Crosley made several radio models that resembled automobile dashboards and front grilles – perhaps not surprisingly, as Crosley also made automobiles in the 1940’s. Their radios look racier than their cars, although they made a sharp-looking roadster in 1951. This radio is made from heavy black plastic with a gold metal dial and knobs. The case (12.5 in x 6.5 in x 7 in high) shines like a mirror with no noticeable scratches, nicks, or breaks. The electronics have been gone over and defective capacitors, resistors, and tubes replaced as needed. It plays well with good volume and no hum. The power cord is original and there is an input jack for a phonograph connection. This radio brandishes 50’s style – put it on your mid-century modern shelf and watch the attention it draws. $175-$250.