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 Post subject: OEMs for Wards 'Airline'?
PostPosted: Jun Wed 30, 2021 3:46 am 
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The bulk of Sears radios in the mid 1930s were made by Colonial which was partly owned by Sears. Was there a similar arrangement with Montgomery-Wards? For example, who might have been the OEM for this set?
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/montgomery_62_254.html

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 Post subject: Re: OEMs for Wards 'Airline'?
PostPosted: Jun Wed 30, 2021 4:14 am 
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Manufactured for Wards by Wells-Gardner.
W.G. 24 on paper insert.

Wells-Gardner may or may not have produced one for their line of radios.
Sometimes they did, sometimes they didn't.


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 Post subject: Re: OEMs for Wards 'Airline'?
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It looks like this one (62-254) was a custom build for MW.


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 Post subject: Re: OEMs for Wards 'Airline'?
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Well..I am sure more than a few folks have "the"complete list of oem for Wards....I would not be surprised if Belmont was in the top two for Wards.


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 Post subject: Re: OEMs for Wards 'Airline'?
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Belmont was probably number two, after Wells Gardner. Other post-war suppliers were Esquire, Hallicrafters, Kingston, Sentinel, Admiral, and Westinghouse. There were more; I am still working on the list.

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 Post subject: Re: OEMs for Wards 'Airline'?
PostPosted: Jun Wed 30, 2021 4:37 pm 
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Thanks egg , Tim and Sperrkreis

Egg, Yes, I saw those initials. Are you sure that WG-24 was Wells-Gardner, not Wilcox-Gay? Both did OEM work.

Tim, let us know what you find and the codes to determine who did what.


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 Post subject: Re: OEMs for Wards 'Airline'?
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tubeR wrote:
Thanks egg , Tim and Sperrkreis

Egg, Yes, I saw those initials. Are you sure that WG-24 was Wells-Gardner, not Wilcox-Gay? Both did OEM work.


You will see that exact label style on all Wells Gardner sets of the late 1930s, no matter whose name is on them. WG-24 is Wells Gardner.

Here's a thread that talks about that some more. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=46678


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 Post subject: Re: OEMs for Wards 'Airline'?
PostPosted: Jun Wed 30, 2021 6:11 pm 
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W.G. 24 was most probably the MW (private-label) production line in the Wells-Gardner plant at 2701 N. Kildare Ave., Chicago.

Wilcox-Gay were a small outfit out of Charlotte, Michigan.


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 Post subject: Re: OEMs for Wards 'Airline'?
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Alan Douglas wrote: I came across this in Radio Retailing, January 1934:

"Wells-Gardner & Co., associated since May 1929 with the Gulbransen Co., is now handling all matters pertaining to complete radios while Gulbransen will specialize in wood products, particularly cabinets and furniture specialties. Total and complete separation of the manufacturing, financial, and sales interests of the two companies has been effected.

"Wells-Gardner, now located in its own plant at 2701 N. Kildare Ave., Chicago, makes private-label sets for chain stores, mail order houses and jobbers requiring high-quality equipment in addition to its own trade marked line."


And another clipping from the Nov. 1927 Radio Retailer and Jobber, that Arborphone (Precision Products Co.) and Wells-Gardner were merging to acquire an RCA license, under the name Consolidated Radio Corporation. They were said to be keeping their two existing plants, as Wells-Gardner Division and Arborphone Division.

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