The first radios I ever bought, though I claim
them to be the wooden sets from Jordan Hollow, were actually a pair of
plastic radios from a junk sale when I was 13. I've just never been
as fond of them and only partially consider them to be part of the collection.
I've seen some of the high-end catalin sets as well as some nice deco work,
but for the most part, plastic radios just lack the warmth of the wooden
sets. Just my opinion.
This is an FM-only set produced by GE (CGE?) in the
mid-1960's. It was part of my first-ever radio purchase. The case has cleaned
up quite well, but there is a small chip at the bottom left that had been held in place
basically by years of slime, and it let go during washing.
I have no idea what the model number is. . Once it is opened up and repaired,
maybe this will become apparent.
||Make: General Electric
Acquired: Grimsby, 1983
If ever there was a truly ubiquitous Canadian
radio, it is this one. Every swap meet, every flea market, every
antique shop has at least one of these. Northern Electric is now
Nortel, a huge telecommunications company with a big office in Ottawa.
This set came in a variety of colours (though I prefer the unpainted bakelite)
and also in a shortwave version with a centre knob.
||Make: Northern Electric
Model: 5000 "Rainbow"
Tubes: 12SA7, 12SK7, 12SQ7, 35L6GT, 35Z5GT
Acquired: Aberfoyle, 1992
This is actually the first radio I ever
bought. I picked it up at a yard sale together with an RCA and a
'60's FM set. I think I spent $8 for all three. I still remember
the woman asking me, "WHAT are you going to do with those awful old radios?"
Little did she know..... I've always referred to this radio
as "the Borco radio" because it is the exact same colour as the Borco covering
on my drafting board. This has had a long and respected service as
a hockey-game radio.
Model: 160 (560?)
Tubes: 12BA6, 12BE6, 50B5, 12AV6, 35W4
Acquired: Grimsby, 1983
||Make: Stromberg Carlson
Tubes: 12SA7, 12SK7 (2), 12SQ7, 35L6GT, 35Z5GT
Acquired: Ottawa Antique Mkt,
I actually do really like the styling of
this radio. The finish on it is a little dull, though. Someone
once told me that it was possible to shine up a bakelite radio with car
polish. I wasn't too thrilled with the results. The knobs on
this aren't original, but don't look too out of place.
Plastic sets still to come:
RCA 8-X-542 - 1949
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