General Electric Model 100 tabletop radio, 1946. A 5-tube AM table radio in a plastic case, 11.5 inches wide and 7.5 inches high and deep. This radio has an aggressive, in-your-face look to it that says it means business. The case is in good shape with no cracks and just slight wear; the dial cover, grill cover, and knobs are original equipment. The capacitors have been replaced, the tubes checked and replaced as needed, and the tuner realigned. The power cord is original and could stand to be replaced. Some buzz in the reception but it has good volume with stronger stations. The dial is backlit. $110-$150.
General Electric GD-60 “Musaphonic”, 1938. Look at the contrasting grain pattern on this 5-tube AM tabletop radio – clearly style was important here in the post-depression years. The case is 13 inches wide by 8 inches high, 6.5 inches front-to-back, and has a slant-back front for ease of tuning. Two scroll-type dials, on/off-volume on the left, tuning on the right. The addition of push-buttons was also an upgrade – the first five are preset by the dealer, the last button allows tuning by the dial. The radio picks up local AM stations with good volume, and some buzz. All the capacitors were replaced, tubes and resistors checked and replaced as needed, and the tuner realigned. The push-buttons, dials, and grill cloth are original, the power cord replaced. There is a long wire antenna included should you need to pick up distant stations. $160-$200.
Philco 46-200 Transitone radio, 1946. Another post-war “built for service and not style” small AM radio. The plastic case (10.5 in by 6.5 in by 6 in deep) has a walnut grained appearance with no breaks, chips, scuffs or scratches. The dial cover is clear, both knobs (on/off/volume, tuning) are original. It has a 5-tube chassis with new capacitors and a new power cord. All tubes are up to specs. The radio has an internal wound wire antenna and picks up stronger stations with some background buzz. Didn’t your dad have this radio on his workbench in the garage? $75-$110.
Philco tabletop radio, ca. 1940. In the late 1930’s Philco began moving away from larger tombstone and cathedral radios to smaller tabletops like this one; although we do not have a model number for this radio, it is very similar to the Model 40 series radios that came out in 1939-40. It has a walnut cabinet, 12 in by 8 in by 5.75 in deep, with two lighter tone wood inserts that wrap around the rounded top edge. The sides and edges are trimmed in black. The two-band squared dial (AM and SW, shortwave) is backlit; the middle knob switches between the two radio bands. The 6-tube radio has been restored with new capacitors and tubes as needed, and picks up stations with good sensitivity even without the antenna wire extended. The speaker grill cloth is original, as is the power cord and plug. No back on this radio. $110-$150.
Philco Model 37-610T large tabletop radio, 1936-37. This radio is 20.5 inches wide, 11.5 inches high, and 9 inches deep; you’ll need plenty of room on the shelf or counter for this classic art deco-style radio, introduced as Philco moved away from the even larger console, cathedral, and tombstone radios in the late 1930’s. Note the bullet shape, popular in this period of streamlining, and the dark lines that move up from the tone control through the semi-circle dial to the horizontal lines of the speaker opening. The case is walnut in excellent shape with no scratches or gouges and one small repair at the upper right; the speaker cloth looks original. It boasts two short-wave bands and one AM band; the center switch selects the band; the tuning knob above it, and the on/off/volume knob on the left. The aged dial is backlit behind a glass cover. The five-tube superheterodyne radio chassis has been refurbished and picks up stations with good volume even without a longwire antenna attached. There is a model label inside and no back. The power cord is original and should be used with care, better yet, replaced. $175-$225.
RCA Radiola Model 61-8 radio, 1946-47. Look at the clean finish on this 70-year old radio! It looks like it was on the store shelf yesterday. Yes, it’s more functional than aesthetic, but these were the post-war years and function ruled. It is a 5-tube AM-only unit in molded plastic, 11 inches by 7 inches high and 6.5 inches deep. The fiberboard backboard is original but beat up, there is an internal wound (loop) antenna; the power cord is old but probably not original. There is an on/off-volume knob and a tuning knob, and the dial is backlit. The radio has great reception with good volume. This guy has a great look for a brown plastic radio from the 1940’s. $75-$125.