EDITOR'S COMMENTS From Antique Radio Classified for April 2000
(Copyright 1996-2000 by John V. Terrey - For personal use only.)
Our April issue always calls for a bit of foolery,
and the advertising cartoon on our cover seemed to fill
the bill. Since the drawing is half of an ink blotter (see
the other half on page 21), we began to wonder how
many of you even remember ink blotters. They were
standard equipment in the days of quill pens, inkwells (ah,
those "Palmer Method" days!) and, later, fountain pens.
Sitting at his desk, the owner of this blotter
was constantly reminded that his radio needed batteries
-- USLs, of course. Certainly the character on our cover
is a foot-tapping, happy man with musical notes
popping all around him, thanks to his being "on the right side"
of battery choice. But, his sad counterpart on page 21
has been left without a USL battery and is steeped in static.
It's hard not to think of the hazard of having such
an acid-filled, storage battery on the living room rug.
The ladies of the times must have been relieved
when battery eliminators became more available.
And since batteries are the theme of the
moment, Robert Pinelli's article on rebuilding a portable
radio battery fits right in. Rather than search for those
hard-to-find B batteries, Robert decided to take the cases of
the burnt-out batteries and install modern
rechargeable batteries in them. Ray Bintliff adds some
comments about rechargeable batteries and battery chargers.
Our lead article leaps a few decades ahead to
the military equipment of World War II and beyond -- Part
3 of Hank Brown's report on the activities of the
Military Radio Collectors Group and some of their
impressive equipment. Though some collectors showed interest
in this field as early as the 1950s, the time appears to
be right for the serious preservation of its history.
Home brews are another aspect of radio
collecting that is not as heavily pursued as that of name
brands. However, when something unique comes along,
like the air-frame variometers in Bill Corkutt's home
brew, we all pay attention. Bill's pleasure in restoring his
find reminds us that sometimes a home brew can be
much more than a bargain.
And Ray Bintliff's fascination with a seemingly ordinary midget AC/DC set is another kind of nudge in
the direction of not judging a book by its cover or a radio
by its cabinet. An inquisitive engineer like Ray
couldn't resist pursuing the answer to why this set has
the unusual 5-pin socket on the rear apron of the
chassis. You'll have to read the article to find out the result of
his dogged search.
With each year, excitement over the Greater
Boston Antique Radio Collector's Radio XXXI grows, and it
has become the annual New England radio event. Such
an event catches fire not just because of the display
of interesting equipment but because of the people
who make it all happen. This year we decided to set
Dorothy Schecter, our managing editor, loose to interview
folks around the hall. Her report shows how varied in
age, gender, and specific radio interests the crowd is,
and how this variety generates the excitement generally felt.
In addition to several interesting crystal sets,
Photo Review depicts a rather unusual horn speaker.
Also unusual is the Radiola III with its Balanced
Amplifier mounted in a cabinet with a built-in horn speaker.
Radio Miscellanea contains an observation
about an odd source of interference when testing old
radios, along with a request for information concerning
another area of radio not often addressed -- auto radios. We
also have received feedback on articles about Rider's,
radios as furniture, and Multivalve radios. And we're
always grateful for notes of praise about the magazine,
our services, and our Web site.
The Internet. After the April 2000 issue was released, Antique Radio Classified (A.R.C.) made the decision to change its Web site host/developer for classified ads and historical auction prices. All the other features of our Web site that you've grown to enjoy since 1995 remain the same.
As a result of this change, the classified ads and auction prices will be temporarily unavailable, and the April 2000 issue classified ads will not be posted online at this time. While we are switching hosts, our other proposed new features have been put on hold.
Coming Radio Events. Among the nearly 50
meets scheduled for April are the Colorado Radio
Collectors Club's Annual Show & Sale in Colorado; and
"Spring Fever" in West Virginia, jointly held by the Museum
of Radio & Technology and the Pittsburgh Antique
Radio Society. For our South American collectors,
Antique Radios in Brazil is holding a 4-day show consisting of
a swap meet, sale, and auction in Sao Roque, Brazil.
Look for A.R.C. at both the New England
Antique Radio Club Swap Meet in Nashua, New
Hampshire, and at the National Vintage Communications Fair
in Birmingham, England.
John V. Terrey, Editor
|Oops -- The Hazards of E-mail!
Radio Miscellanea in our March 2000 issue
contained comments from an individual who had not
given a postal address. Since we continue to use
postal addresses in our magazine, we consulted our files
and came up with the address of a subscriber of the
same name. However, our subscriber, Mark Richardson,
did not send the e-mail. We have apologized to Mark
and have resolved in the future to verify the identity of all
e-mail correspondents whose names might be published.
The marvel of e-mail is diminished by the
confusion resulting from people failing to use even full names,
let alone postal addresses. In general, e-mail
encourages anonymity. To counter this trend, the signature
feature on some e-mail programs can add your
identification automatically. If people wish to be heard, they should
be willing to identify themselves completely.
ON THE COVER
Our cover is an example of humor in advertising
in the 1920s. The drawing is the cartoon on the right
half of an advertising ink blotter from your editor's
collection and shown in full on page 21. USL batteries are
the product being touted, and the slogans indicate that
the Madison Ave. mindset was hard at work even then.