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 Post subject: Which radio looked like a set of books?
PostPosted: Oct Fri 27, 2006 6:23 pm 
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Philco comes to mind, but I'm not sure - tube radio, not the crappy replicas. Love to find one.

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Hi Mort-Not exactly what you are looking for but I have 2 Sears speakers from the 50's that look like a set of books and they work real good.

I run them off a boom box in my bedroom on top of the dresser.


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Philco has one, but I'm not sure if it's vintage ornot.
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Hi Mort. Crosley made a set of books, each one was a radio. See this http://www.radiolaguy.com/Showcase/CrosleyBooks.htm

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I have an Emerson table model that looks like eight books.

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1931 Crosley:
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Doing good, so far, folks.

Here's another link about the Crosley (the radio I remember was all tubes):

http://users.arczip.com/rmcgarra2/crosley.html

Ernie, what's the model number? Is it all tubes?

Looks like Alan picked a winner while I replying - probably an unobtainium model.

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Don't forget this RCA Victor set:

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Nowhere near as good looking as the Crosley set, but still neat.


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Got a model number, Darrin? This is hard type to search for on eBay.

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In 1941, General Electric enclosed their model JFM-90, 42-50-megacycle FM "translator" in an faux-book cabinet.

Thus enclosed and beautified, the tuner is shown in contemporary advertising placed on top of a typical AM-only console receiver.

The JFM-90 was manufactured in Bridgeport, Conn. where all of their FM tuners/receivers were manufactured until about 1947 when production was shifted to Utica, N.Y.

The post-war successor to the JFM-90 was the XFM-1 "translator" which used GE's patented "gillotine" tuner designed to reduce front-end drift and instability. The gillotine tuner was a Bridgeport product. FM units from the Utica plant used conventional condensers while in my opinion, overall quality seemed to decline.

I know of no GE FM (or AM-FM) receiver that ever even remotely approached the quality of virtually everything Zenith ever produced in the FM line or RCA's 3RF-91 AM-FM table model which is another one of those "sleepers" among the generally medicore mass of post-war FM radios.

In 1958-9, GE briefly offered a line of hi-fi component "separates" including the FA-16 tuner which were manufactured at a plant in Auburn, N.Y. The FA-16 is a pretty good tuner that even includes a tuning meter.

In the early years of FM multiplexing [1961+], GE's AM/FM consoles and some other FM receivers were manufactured by the Audio Products Section at Decatur, Ill. This includes the self-powered model MA-2G, a two-tube "multiplex adaptor for FM stereo" that's sometimes found as an add-on in GE's hi-fi consoles.

From the same plant also came GE's "Porta-Fi" system that uses a 250 kc (approx) frequency-modulated transmit/receive system in connection with self-powered extension speaker(s). There was much bally-hoo about this around 1962-3 showing people outside enjoying music via the "Porta-Fi" extension speaker.


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Darn you! I've seen at least 4 sets on eBay in the last month, but since you can't search "description", only "title" on past auctions, I can find only onr, and it's an old Brittish crystal set.

Two of the others looked like stack of 4 or 5 books or so, and may have been the same brand if not same model. The last was a set of books that set vertically - like on a shelf. I don't remember if there were book ends or not.

And speaking of book ends, a couple companies made radio sets that were shaped as book ends (2 pieces) separated by a cord. RCA, I believe was one, and the other escapes me at the moment.

Now, you got my dander up! I'll have to track down those others somehow.

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Let me know if you spot one for sale, assuming the discussion didn't whet your interest! Surprised the Brit radio didn't fetch any bids.

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There was also a crystal set made in Boston in 1926-27:

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The ad is from Radio Retailing, January 1927

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Can't find a model number on my Emerson book radio.
It is a typical five-tube set: 50L6, 35Z5, 12SA7, 12SQ7 and a 12SK7.
Serial number is 52-l 1254665
The title on the covers of the books is "History of Music by Ferguson".
Interesing story on how I bought the set.
Had a small ad running in a local newspaper where I worked stating that I was looking to buy "old" radios.
A woman called and mentioned that she had this set of "books" that had a radio hidden between the covers.
When I drove over to see the set, she informed me that she was an antique dealer and that she wanted to get what she had paid for it.
When she said $10, I was really surprised.
Gave her $20 and took home a very nice radio.

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Emerson book radio model number question

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You wanna double your money, Ernie? Sight unseen and I won't back out :D

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Got a model number, Darrin? This is hard type to search for on eBay.


I got the picture from this eBay auction, Mort. From the label, the model might be X-11. The label's in spanish and indicates it came from RCA Chile, but I'm not sure if they were made here or there.

It's a nifty radio, though. I like the thumbwheel controls in the "bookends."


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Still would like to know the model number of the Emerson book radio that I have.

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Been some neat examples, including Alan's crystal set. Ernie, can you post a picture? Or send it to me and I'll host/post it? That one from Chile went for a pretty penny but looked nice.

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Don't own a digital camera, Mort, but if you give me your address I'll send you a couple of photos of the set.

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