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 Post subject: ' Thought I'd Seen Them All.
PostPosted: Mar Tue 13, 2018 6:17 pm 
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Over the weekend, Lori and I visited the Collector's Mart at the Portland Meadows. We found this radio related book, a Harold Greenwood compilation of collectible radios, which I'd never seen before. It's presentation style appears to be identical to a later book called "Vintage Radio". I can't seem to find my copy of that one to confirm that. Does anyone know the history on this? Russie


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PostPosted: Mar Tue 13, 2018 8:31 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: ' Thought I'd Seen Them All.
PostPosted: Mar Tue 13, 2018 8:47 pm 
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Yes, it is basically the same book. :D

Vintage Radio

Greenwood's Classic Pictorial Album Revised, Edited and Expanded by Morgan E. McMahon.

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That has to be one of the earliest books on old time radios I've ever seen. It begs the question: what were some of the earliest books on collecting old radios? Yours? The link states it was published sometime in the 1960s. I don't know of any earlier than that. My copy of Vintage Radio was signed by McMahon himself 1/29/1972. My next oldest book is Collecting Old Radios and Crystal sets by Max Alth from 1977. Were there any books on collecting going back to the 1950s? Even if it was a small publication by the AWA or the like? Sadly, I'd really value Alan Douglas's take on this right now.

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I agree, Alan's input would be valuable here.

I do know Alan states in Radio Manufacturers of the 1920s Vol 3 page 80, that McMurdo Silver could reasonable be called the first antique radio collector. What books were available and when I've no idea.

https://books.google.com/books?id=BQGU8 ... &q&f=false

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PostPosted: Mar Tue 13, 2018 11:26 pm 
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Thanks to all, for your great information. I'm humbly grateful.

Chris, your post jogged my memory that my copy of Vintage Radio was in our collection of autographed books. Thank you for the cue! I got mine autographed a year or two after you got yours autographed. I had forgotten how long I have been collecting, and you are a fellow long time collector, over 45 years. Cheers, Russie


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The Vintage Radio Identification Sketch-Books of D.H. Moore have a first copyright date of 1954.

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My copy of Greenwood...

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Regarding DH Moore's publications, his sketchbooks were not available until the 1980s. Almost all of the graphic material in his sketchbooks was traced from other publications, perhaps in 1954. The 1954 copyright date almost certainly first appeared in the 1980s when he made the sketchbooks available. He was an interesting and very opinionated person.

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You guys have me beat! :D

1-29-1972 I was all of 4 years old.
My first "Antique" radio I got in 1979 and didn't start to collect them until 1981. I found Morgan's books the following year in 1982.

Another book I found not long after was "The Cat's Whisker, 50 Years of Wireless Design" by Jonathan Hill published in 1978 and a bit later "Antique Radios, Restoration and Price Guide" By David and Betty Johnson published in 1986 which prices the Zenith Stratosphere 1000Z at $350+ :lol:

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To be fair and clear, I picked up the Greenwood book four years ago. I have never met Greenwood or McMahon but have signed copies of both books.

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I never met McMahon, but I did write him a letter asking for advice about purchasing a radio around 1985.
I didn't know any other collectors at the time.
He responded with good advice as well as sent me promotional material on his books and products.

I wish I could have asked him about a Zenith radio pictured in "A Flick of the Switch" but it is too late.

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I never met McMahon, but I did write him a letter asking for advice about purchasing a radio around 1985.
I didn't know any other collectors at the time.
He responded with good advice as well as sent me promotional material on his books and products.

I wish I could have asked him about a Zenith radio pictured in "A Flick of the Switch" but it is too late.

-Steve

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Yes, I'm afraid so…

http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/vie ... 2&t=322644

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