EDITOR'S COMMENTS From Antique Radio Classified for March 2003
(Copyright 1996-2003 by John V. Terrey - For personal use only.)
The establishment of a new museum is reason for celebration among radio collectors. This is
especially true of one with the potential of the American
Museum of Radio in Bellingham, Washington, described by
T.J. Granack in our lead article. Often groups have
the impetus to found a museum but are unable to find
a facility to house it. In this new 23,000 square
foot space, John Jenkins has joined forces with
Jonathan Winter, who established a smaller museum in
1985, after years of opening his collection to the public
in various locales. Now the two entrepreneurs have
combined their collections and have created
interactive exhibits, many of which are already open to the public.
As we all know, such an enterprise is not a
building alone. It requires support personnel, program
continuity, constant attention to detail, and, of course,
funding. We also know the kinds of difficulties that can
arise, such as those we've described in past articles
about the Perham Foundation's long struggle to find
proper space. A new chapter, which we will cover in A.R.C.,
is beginning for Perham, but its history is a
sobering example of what it takes to keep a collection together.
However, the American Museum seems poised
to meet the challenge of a five million dollar fund-raiser
to make this amazing collection accessible to the world
in a permanent location. We wish them well and urge
all serious collectors to support their efforts.
The American Museum joins a number of
other sizable radio museums in the country. Attendance
at such institutions is testimony to the fact that
hands-on interest in radio and its history is unwavering.
Similarly, attendance at radio events of almost
any kind remains high, such as at the recent
Marconi wireless centennial celebration at Wellfleet, Mass.
Dave Crocker reports that, even in the dead of this
harsh New England winter, the crowds gathered on
Cape Cod, along with Marconi's daughter, to
commemorate his transmittal of the first complete message
across the Atlantic. Even the flu bug didn't keep a
radiophile like Dave away.
Speaking of the Atlantic, Bill Moore reports on
his jump across the pond to the fall Harpendon,
England, meet. There too he found a crowd engaged in
brisk sales and in-depth conversation.
All of the above attests to a message that we
get over and over -- collectors like to meet
one-on-one. The recent Radio XXXIV here in Westford,
Massachusetts, attracted a record number of vendors and
again drew a crowd of around 800 attendees. The
Internet simply can't substitute for that kind of interest,
excitement, and camaraderie.
Another example of serious interaction among
collectors is the Military Collectors Group, which
meets every spring in California. Their primary purpose is
to turn their equipment on and actually experience
using it as it was once used. Hank Brown's report is
illustrated with his own and Tony Lissona's very good photos.
Richard Arnold's tales of search-and-find old
radios seem to indicate that he often has his own
"special events." His Philco 49-503 has "special meaning
to him," and isn't that the way it should be?
One of Girard Faassen's eye-catching posters
appears in Photo Review, not paired with the radio as
in his recent article. Other items of interest run the
gamut from an early crystal set and a home-brew amplifier
to a transistorized turtle. Radio Miscellanea
includes a bit of cheer for the winter doldrums with some
amusing anecdotes, kudos, and Irish greetings.
E-mail Issues. As we all know, e-mail affords
us many advantages. If you seek information, we
can answer very quickly; if we need a photo fast, we
can have it digitally within an hour or two. In particular,
an ad by e-mail is more apt to be error-free beause it
is typed. Better legibility means a better chance of
appearing correctly in the magazine.
However, as with regular mail, things do go
wrong. We ask you to be aware of the following pitfalls: 1)
the capacity of an e-mail box has limits. It can
become filled very rapidly. 2) To use your information, we
need your full name and postal address because we
may have more than one person with your name. 3)
E-mail too can be lost. If you get your message returned,
send it again. By then, the problem will more than likely
be solved. We send a confirmation for all ads. If you do
not get a confirmation by the end of the next business
day, contact us. 4) Include the text of your ad in the body
of the e-mail, not as an attachment.
Oops. In the January 2003
Photo Review, on the upper right of page 15, the radio pictured is an
Atwater Kent 184, not a Midwest console. The 1935
Atwater Kent has four tubes and originally sold for $25 new.
We will picture both sets in a later issue. Thanks to
owner Claude Chafin for the correction.
A.R.C. Benefits. Looking forward to spring?
Take advantage of A.R.C. benefits: a toll-free number,
(866) 371-0512; the Web: www.antiqueradio.com;
Discover, Visa, American Express, and MasterCard;
books shipped free in the U.S. by book rate; and to
current subscribers, a ten percent discount on all book orders.
Coming Radio Events. Winter events for
March number 38 and include the Carolina Chapter/AWA
3-day spring meet, three auctions and four swap
meets. There's something for everyone, so be sure to
attend at least one near you.
John V. Terrey, Editor
ON THE COVER
Pictured on the cover is Architect David King's
drawing of the American Museum of Radio, the subject
of our lead article. The new museum is under
development in Bellingham, Washington, through a joint
effort of Jonathan Winter and John Jenkins. The focus of
this museum is on a hands-on experience for the visitor.