Forums :: NEW! Web Resources :: Features :: Photo Gallery :: Vintage Radio Shows :: Archives
Support This Site: Contributors :: Advertise


It is currently Oct Tue 19, 2021 4:41 pm


All times are UTC [ DST ]





Post New Topic Post Reply  [ 10 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Was there a Wieboldt's branded radio set?
PostPosted: Sep Sat 18, 2021 11:54 pm 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Apr Sat 04, 2015 6:15 am
Posts: 1950
Location: Dos Rios, CA. region
Curious if the old Chicago based retailer
had their own radio brand name on their sets made by the usual mfgs., such as the "Airline" brand for Mont. Ward and "Coronado" for Gambles/Skogmo, etc?
Perhaps you could earn a radio back then by collecting green stamps?

_________________
"How come we never watch Television?" - sonuva TV repairman in the fifties, Mac Rebennack.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Was there a Wieboldt's branded radio set?
PostPosted: Sep Sun 19, 2021 1:04 am 
Moderator

Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am
Posts: 27847
Location: Detroit, MI USA
It's not unlikely. They could have used their store name, or a different radio brand unique to their store.

One of the former managers at Detrola, a very prolific manufacturer of house brand radios, told me that in the years right after WW2 it only took an order for about 200 radios to cover the costs of making a custom silk screen to put any brand name the retailer wanted on them. In the years 46-48 Detrola built at least 52 different brand names. Other independents would have operated in much the same manner and built for whoever wanted radios with their own brand name on them.

_________________
Dennis

Experience is what you gain when the results aren't what you were expecting.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Was there a Wieboldt's branded radio set?
PostPosted: Sep Sun 19, 2021 5:52 pm 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep Thu 14, 2006 3:27 pm
Posts: 14633
Location: Carmel, Indiana
I don't think Wieboldt's had their own inhouse brand of radios. I know of none that have made their existence known on the internet and my book "Radio Troubleshooters Handbook" by Alfred A Ghirardi, which has an extensive listing of radio manufacturers and brand names through the 1930s, doesn't list anything for Wieboldt's. The only radio that I could find being sold by Wienboldt's was a generic Cub radio.

https://www.newspapers.com/image/?clipp ... 67QCKYTLIY

_________________
Michael Feldt
www.indianaradios.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Was there a Wieboldt's branded radio set?
PostPosted: Sep Sun 19, 2021 8:05 pm 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Apr Sat 04, 2015 6:15 am
Posts: 1950
Location: Dos Rios, CA. region
Thanks Dennis & Michael for the clipping and replies.
I had thought I hadn't seen a Wieboldts label on anything radio orientated, but wanted to make sure.
Too bad the only set found is a cub radio, as I've been a White Sox fan since '72.
Guess I'll have to settle for a Aircastle or whatever Spiegel branded their sets...

_________________
"How come we never watch Television?" - sonuva TV repairman in the fifties, Mac Rebennack.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Was there a Wieboldt's branded radio set?
PostPosted: Sep Sun 19, 2021 8:08 pm 
Moderator

Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am
Posts: 27847
Location: Detroit, MI USA
That's a lot of radio for $15 in 1935, at least according to the ad copy.

_________________
Dennis

Experience is what you gain when the results aren't what you were expecting.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Was there a Wieboldt's branded radio set?
PostPosted: Sep Mon 20, 2021 1:42 am 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am
Posts: 489
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
I sampled 60 ads from the Chicago Tribune between 1933 and 1939. It looks like Wieboldt's primarily sold Philco, but also Grunow, RCA, GE, Stromberg, and Kadette. I found several references to CUB radios, but also these generic sets:

Attachment:
wie_07_21_35.png
wie_07_21_35.png [ 127.11 KiB | Viewed 326 times ]


Attachment:
wie_12_09_34.png
wie_12_09_34.png [ 194.32 KiB | Viewed 326 times ]


Attachments:
wie_12_16_34.png
wie_12_16_34.png [ 120.85 KiB | Viewed 326 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Was there a Wieboldt's branded radio set?
PostPosted: Sep Mon 20, 2021 2:54 am 
Moderator

Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am
Posts: 27847
Location: Detroit, MI USA
So if the retailer was making a profit at those ridiculously low prices, and we know they were, and we also know the factory was not giving radios away to the retailers, then exactly how much did it cost them to build a set that sold at retail for $8?? What level of profit was in it for the factory? It's really difficult to believe they could build a radio, even an entry level one, and sell it at a profit when the retail price was about $8.

I begin to wonder whether "Cub" was Wieboldt's house brand? Do we know if any other retailers published ads for that brand? All the "Cub" branded sets I've seen appear to have been built by the Chicago independents.

_________________
Dennis

Experience is what you gain when the results aren't what you were expecting.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Was there a Wieboldt's branded radio set?
PostPosted: Sep Mon 20, 2021 3:51 am 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Sep Thu 14, 2006 3:27 pm
Posts: 14633
Location: Carmel, Indiana
Mr. Detrola wrote:
It's really difficult to believe they could build a radio, even an entry level one, and sell it at a profit when the retail price was about $8.

$8.00 in 1933 has the same buying power as $168.35 in 2021. That's how.

Mr. Detrola wrote:
Do we know if any other retailers published ads for that brand? All the "Cub" branded sets I've seen appear to have been built by the Chicago independents.

I believe Cub was one of Clinton's private brand names.

_________________
Michael Feldt
www.indianaradios.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Was there a Wieboldt's branded radio set?
PostPosted: Sep Thu 23, 2021 5:56 pm 
Member
User avatar

Joined: Apr Sat 04, 2015 6:15 am
Posts: 1950
Location: Dos Rios, CA. region
Thanks all for posting more info!
Actually may have the round dial plate and glass (perhaps escutcheon, too?)
for the "Marvel over ocean" radio set ad, but believe that was a generic plate (made by Belmont, W.G., etc) for many "labels".

_________________
"How come we never watch Television?" - sonuva TV repairman in the fifties, Mac Rebennack.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Was there a Wieboldt's branded radio set?
PostPosted: Sep Fri 24, 2021 3:09 pm 
Member

Joined: Feb Wed 08, 2012 3:09 am
Posts: 604
Location: Detroit, MI suburbs
That brings back memories. I used to shop occasionally at Wiebolt's, primarily the small store in the Lincoln Village shopping center with the sign with the giant "W" on the roof. I miss that. I never bought any radios there though.

Attachment:
WSign.jpg
WSign.jpg [ 25.06 KiB | Viewed 181 times ]


Larry


Top
 Profile  
 
Post New Topic Post Reply  [ 10 posts ]  Moderator: sofaslug

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Chris Props, ronij8 and 23 guests



Search for:
Jump to:  


































Privacy Policy :: Powered by phpBB