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 Post subject: Radio or a true cabinet?
PostPosted: Oct Thu 04, 2018 1:52 am 
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We are all pretty good at picking out the gut jobs. But this one has me scratching my head.


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 Post subject: Re: Radio or a true cabinet?
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GE or RCA before the liquor cabinet.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio or a true cabinet?
PostPosted: Oct Thu 04, 2018 1:59 am 
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RCA C15-3

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/rca_c15_3.html

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 Post subject: Re: Radio or a true cabinet?
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Bingo!

http://antiqueradios.com/gallery/main.p ... emId=48527

I have one with the radio in my collection.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio or a true cabinet?
PostPosted: Oct Thu 04, 2018 2:46 am 
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Knew it.


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 Post subject: Re: Radio or a true cabinet?
PostPosted: Oct Thu 04, 2018 8:32 am 
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One "tell" that this is a repurposed cabinet is that there is no means to lock the doors on the liquor chamber. A purpose-built liquor cabinet would surely have had this feature (to prevent unauthorized adults and children from imbibing the contents). I've never seen a radio that had locking doors.


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 Post subject: Re: Radio or a true cabinet?
PostPosted: Oct Thu 04, 2018 9:12 am 
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I've never seen a radio that had locking doors.

Neither have I....but that begs the question - why did Victrolas have locking lids and record doors?
To prevent unauthorized entertainment? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Radio or a true cabinet?
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Yes, as there were key switches available for radios so they could be locked off to avoid unauthorized use.
This was common in the 1920s with battery sets as batteries and tubes were precious commodities.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio or a true cabinet?
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Damn! That was one nice 15 tuber!


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 Post subject: Re: Radio or a true cabinet?
PostPosted: Oct Thu 04, 2018 5:21 pm 
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andyjon100 wrote:
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I've never seen a radio that had locking doors.

Neither have I....but that begs the question - why did Victrolas have locking lids and record doors?
To prevent unauthorized entertainment? :lol:

Believe it or not, yes. The records were expensive and easily damaged (most phonos used "single play steel needles" - you had to replace the needle for every record played, or damage to the record could result)... the locks were a kind of "child proofing". Of course, one didn't have to use the locks but they were there in case the phono owner had a preschooler or two who thought they were "grown up" enough to operate the equipment.

My 1917 Brunswick has no locks on the turntable cover or record storage doors, but it does have a crank that is easily removable to accomplish the same thing- prevent kids from using it.

Even pianos had keyboard-cover locks until well into the 20th century.


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