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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Thu 22, 2018 4:29 am 
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Hello Guys,
Wow I love all the sets far the quacker oats I had one about 10 year ago but was in very bad shape wish would kept it thou in the stream class that help teach i want to either get or build some simple crystal and radios for the students.

Sincerely Rich


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Thu 22, 2018 10:28 pm 
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This is a B & C crystal radio made in 1922 or 1923 by the B & C Radio Comm . Company of Boston, Mass. It has a slant front panel although not obvious from the picture. I have a one tube set marketed by the this company as well. I believe they were only operating for a couple years. I have a notice of their demise somewhere. This set is mentioned in Seivers book.
Anyone have any history on this company?


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Sat 24, 2018 10:18 pm 
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I have only 2 crystal receivers. I don't know any history on either of them. :(

The first one is obviously homebrew.

The second, I don't know what it is or how old it is. Maybe a kit? If anyone's ever seen one like it before, let me know!


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Mon 26, 2018 10:53 pm 
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This is an Aerex BR-1 with BA-2 tube detector. This was found in a local dump just before a big rainstorm which would have undoubtedly ruined it. I have a third piece, a ALS-3 two tube amplifier which had been modified which I didn't photograph. The Earliest mention I have seen of Aerex is an introductory item in the May 1, 1922 issue of "The American Radio Journal"
They are pictured in a weekly issue of Radio Digest Illustrated from 1922 albeit a slightly different version.
Aerex Radiophone had an address at 342 Madison Ave in New York.
They later marketed a very elaborate tube set that was advertised in "The Radio Dealer" I have never seen one. When I find the ad for it I'll post it here.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Tue 27, 2018 10:27 pm 
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Nice Aerex set Merrill. Here is the write up that appeared in the June 10, 1922 Radio Digest Illustrated magazine.

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This is probably the other Aerex set that appeared in the November, 1922 The Radio Dealer magazine. I'd sure like to find one of these sets!
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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Tue 27, 2018 10:33 pm 
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ref Aerex. I suppose it's possible that it never went into production?
Thanks Alan for putting those ads on.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Mar Thu 01, 2018 8:34 pm 
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I've got this in a new thread asking for help in identifying this set I've just received. Probably should of just asked here instead. Anyway, here's some pics.

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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Mar Thu 01, 2018 9:51 pm 
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Here's a couple more of mine that I forgot about.
The small wooden cased one has no name only a small brass patent date tag.
The little black one is I'm sure a modern build, it was given to me by an
old ham friend at a hamfest a few years ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Mar Fri 02, 2018 4:05 am 
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Here are a few more of mine.

Carco Crystal set.
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Star Manufacturing Starr Crystal Set


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Mar Fri 02, 2018 8:00 pm 
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Ed Jacobs wrote:
Here is my only crystal set that seems to be home built and with a degree of refinement in it's box. I have never seen another quite like it.
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Ed: Your crystal radio appears to have features common to a Masterphone one tube receiver presently on eBay. Perhaps you have a Masterphone crystal radio with replaced cats whisker holder.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1926-very-Rare ... Sw57xaZTT5

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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Mar Fri 02, 2018 8:40 pm 
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Thanks Norman, it sure does and it seems to be a close cousin.
ED


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
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Got to say the carco and the murdock are my favorites.

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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Mar Sat 03, 2018 1:53 am 
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Mighty fine pile of crystal sets! Makes me want to crack open that book I won from the Xtal Set Society! And get busy!

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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Mar Tue 13, 2018 11:04 pm 
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This is the Crain Craft crystal radio marketed by the Crain Brothers Radio Shop located at 234 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA. They had advertised the Aeriola X during the last 4 months of 1925 but they probably got into trouble using a Westinghouse copyrighted brand name so the Aeriola X became the Crain Craft or CB by January 1926. This was called "The Ford of Radio" according to the label on the lid.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
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This is a 'Radak Wireless Set' made by Fletcher Electric Company and sold by Albany Radio Corporation in NYC, along with the instructions. Not shown is part of the original box. It's the only example I've heard of and I don't know of any ads.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Mar Thu 15, 2018 6:42 am 
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Here's a couple sets that I can't find any information about. Both of these came from the same collector many years ago and I don't know where he got them from. These are made of plaster. One has 'Baby Jacqueline' on it in raised letters, and the other has '1925 SHRINERS CONVENTION, LOS ANGELES' molded into it in sunken letters. They both have similar crystal radios mounted in them - does anyone recognize who might have made these radio panels? At one time I contacted a historian at the Al Malaikah shrine in Los Angeles and he didn't know anything about them except that the national shrine convention was held there in 1925. Maybe these were for sale at the convention, or maybe they were prizes? I do know that California's state animal is the grizzly bear, and I suspect Baby Jacqueline could have been a child at a Shriner's hospital? Any information or ideas would be appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Mar Thu 15, 2018 11:56 am 
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Very nice Greg. I would have thought there would have been a conflict using the Clapp-Eastham registered name. By the way, have you considered writing an article about the interesting radio history in Minnesota? You're probably too busy trying to keep warm.


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Here's a late double slide tuner model from Michigan...

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And a homebrew using a GE perikon detector...

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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Mar Thu 15, 2018 4:08 pm 
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Merrill Bancroft wrote:
Very nice Greg. . . By the way, have you considered writing an article about the interesting radio history in Minnesota? You're probably too busy trying to keep warm.

I really enjoy the winters here. You know, we have automatic natural gas furnaces here so it doesn't take any of my time to stay warm. No throwing wood on the fire or anything like that. There is a lot less work to do outside during the winter, so it's a great time to work on radios and other indoor projects. The problem is that I'm working on too many different things and don't see a lot of progress on anything in particular, but that's better than being bored with nothing to do. I have been collecting information about Minnesota radios for a long time but there is still lots of research to do at a couple of the local libraries. However, inspired by the Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Iowa websites (are there others?) about radios from those states, I've started working on a similar website for Minnesota radios that is still far from being ready to go public.

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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Mar Fri 16, 2018 2:15 pm 
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Here's a Radiola I - given to me a few years ago......


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an unusual home brew -

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and a couple of home brews I made back in high school (back before I had any money for radio collecting)...

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