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 Post subject: A Leather Transistor
PostPosted: Apr Sat 13, 2019 2:39 pm 
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Found this hiding in an antique store over the weekend. It is an Airline model 1106A bound in top grain leather. This is from the late 50's (I think) and its hand wired. It may also have a brass chassis.


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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
PostPosted: Apr Sat 13, 2019 4:54 pm 
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Found near Thorntown, Indiana?

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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
PostPosted: Apr Sat 13, 2019 5:18 pm 
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Why don't you restore it, and return it to one of his grandchildren.

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Set-432 Folder-4 https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/montgomer ... 1106a.html

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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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Should be a pretty easy set to restore. Most likely just the standard four Electrolytics and tweak the IF's and antenna gang trimmer. And plenty of room to work.

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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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egg wrote:
Why don't you restore it, and return it to one of his grandchildren.

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Set-432 Folder-4 https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/montgomer ... 1106a.html

:) Greg.


Looks like Mr. Daggy left behind quite a large family. I'm certain that one of them would love to have this radio. Once I found an old magazine in an antique store that had a mailing label addressed to one of my dad's semi-close relatives, who died in 1980. The magazine was from 1955. I bought it and gave it to my dad.

That radio used a really odd battery, it looks like. I wonder if it was an early version of a 9 volt, or if it was something else. The text on the inside back doesn't say. I know that for a while transistor radios were made using a 4.5v battery.


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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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Gotta smile at Brian's wife's new name after marriage - Peggy Daggy. I had a Godmother that everyone called Peggy but didn't find out until her funeral that the real name was Margaret Alice - so where does Peggy come from?

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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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BakeliteManCA wrote:

That radio used a really odd battery, it looks like. I wonder if it was an early version of a 9 volt, or if it was something else. The text on the inside back doesn't say. I know that for a while transistor radios were made using a 4.5v battery.

It uses the old style round 9 volt battery, with connectors on each end. They were used on some sets back in the '50's.

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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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I don't know if it was Thorntown but, It was in Indiana. That's a great idea to restore it and find one of the grand kids. Thanks for the idea.
Over the years, I have found many radios with the owners name written on the leather cases and it makes you think of how valuable those little radios were to the original owner. They were not cheap and I'm sure they were cherished.


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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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You can replace the two old style separate connectors with a modern nine volt battery snap connector, so it'll be practical to use.

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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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egg wrote:
Why don't you restore it, and return it to one of his grandchildren.

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Set-432 Folder-4 https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/montgomer ... 1106a.html

:) Greg.

While that's a nice thought, I'd bet it was in the antique shop because no one wanted it.

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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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:) Greg.


oh... the Eveready 226 battery connectors sent it to the antique store. Lol

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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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Gotta smile at Brian's wife's new name after marriage - Peggy Daggy. I had a Godmother that everyone called Peggy but didn't find out until her funeral that the real name was Margaret Alice - so where does Peggy come from?

Peggy is the nick name or short for Margaret...
John = Jack
Richard = Dick

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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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Pbpix wrote:
Peggy is the nick name or short for Margaret...
John = Jack
Richard = Dick

Only Peggy I remember from earlier years was named, Peggy. Most all the Margaret either their name or Margie.
Most Jacks I've known were Jack, neighbor just named their new baby Jack.
My sisters ex was Rich, of course for Richard.

As far as married names that makes one snicker, how 'bout Joan Sloan or Shirley Sheeley?

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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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Hello Crown,

Looks like a sturdy leather cabinet. Looking forward to seeing chassis pictures !

Have been through Thorntown on Indiana Route 47---about 37 miles from here. Do you remember where antique shop was located ?

I agree that if someone in family wanted the radio, it wouldn't have ended up in shop. I've contacted a few people who had family that owned radios I'd bought and they were just glad that radios had a good home and were appreciated---did send pictures or links to project threads if they were interested...

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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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John, it's possible that the family didn't realize what they had, especially if they were dealing with a house full of stuff on top of the stress of losing a loved one. Grieving families often don't give a second thought to "grandpa's weird junk" when they're having to deal with all the stuff they have to do. So everything gets loaded up and shipped to either the dump or a charity. On top of that, this Airline uses such a weird battery that the family might have thought it was junk because they couldn't figure out how to get it to work.


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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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Pbpix wrote:
majoco wrote:
Gotta smile at Brian's wife's new name after marriage - Peggy Daggy. I had a Godmother that everyone called Peggy but didn't find out until her funeral that the real name was Margaret Alice - so where does Peggy come from?

Peggy is the nick name or short for Margaret...
John = Jack
Richard = Dick


Funny,I call my brother-in-law "dick" and his name is Eric. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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I'm pretty sure it was a the 76 Antique Mall at exit 76 off of 65 South of Indy.


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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
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egg wrote:
Why don't you restore it, and return it to one of his grandchildren.

Four-page Sams
Set-432 Folder-4 https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/montgomer ... 1106a.html

:) Greg.
A beer for the gentleman over here. Great idea.
Mr. Daggy would be tickled to know his radio came back. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
PostPosted: Apr Mon 15, 2019 6:46 pm 
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Crown wrote:
Found this hiding in an antique store over the weekend. It is an Airline model 1106A bound in top grain leather. This is from the late 50's (I think) and its hand wired. It may also have a brass chassis.



It definitely does have a brass chassis. I'd be curious who manufactured it for them. Almost like something Raytheon would do.


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 Post subject: Re: A Leather Transistor
PostPosted: Apr Mon 15, 2019 7:03 pm 
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Hello Crown,

Looks like a sturdy leather cabinet. Looking forward to seeing chassis pictures !

John, there are some chassis views in this Youtube video starting about 3:48.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yHxco9wyvw


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