EDITOR'S COMMENTSFrom Antique Radio Classified for August 2009
(Copyright 1996-2009 by John V. Terrey - For personal use only.)
In keeping with the spirit of summer, a period of many radio collector meets and good times, this issue of A.R.C. is an all-inclusive one with articles, as well as the ads and club listings presented in the recent condensed issues. We have been pleased by your generally positive response to this pattern of our alternating sizes of the magazine as a cost-cutting measure. This is the fourth issue in the cycle of smaller/larger formats which will continue into the foreseeable economic future.
One reminder -- in case you missed it, our condensed issues contained an "extra," a $5 discount coupon to be used for renewals and book purchases over $30. We hope you used it to buy something like that coveted coffee table book. In all, we are doing our best to share with you the challenge of this new economy.
Speaking of "extras," our lead article by Managing Editor Dorothy Schecter describes a different kind of A.R.C. extra -- the annual February meet that A.R.C. manages for the Greater Boston Antique Radio Collectors in Westford, Mass. Though meets are not necessarily growing in size these days, they are still an important component of radio collecting, as David and Juila Bart pointed out in the July guest editorial.
One example is that A.R.C.'s Radio XL's attendance was down only a bit, as over 500 collectors perused the offerings on 87 tables. For some, Valentine's Day may have been part of the incentive for a weekend that included enjoying the hotel's Valentine's Day Specials. Our current plan is to host Radio XLI on Valentine's Day in 2010, something you may want to consider for next season.
Throughout this issue, the selection of photos is an effort to highlight the unusual that can appear at meets and auctions. We invite you to join in a little game of "Find the Photo" of items you rarely see anywhere. How about the 6-unit Amrad receiver or the Adams Morgan trio -- a 10-R RF amplifier, an RA-10 tuner, and a DA-2 detector/amplifier?
In the two Estes Auctions, the photo treasures multiply. Ray Chase's photos add greatly to his report on the April auction of several estates that totaled $62,000. Note the early RCA CT-100 color TV that brought the highest bid of $4,500, or the "Dr. Mu" on the escutcheon of a Grebe 89 tombstone. Wherever possible, the expanded captions include more information.
In my own report on the September Estes sale largely of the John Drake collection, I try to convey the number of unusual offerings at this auction. The ornate Guild New Englander radio/phonograph combination is a case in point. Though it did not receive a bid, it sticks in my mind. If I had driven my van, instead of flying, I would have been tempted to find room in my collection for this under-appreciated set.
But, I had to move on and photograph close-ups of other outstanding items, such as the 3-panel "Cleveland Waves To You" set selling at $1,600, and the Wireless Specialty Apparatus IP-500 at $1,000. There's no question, auction and meet reports give us the chance to present photos of significant and unusual items that are apt to show up at these events.
Of course, our contributing writers perform a similar service. Richard Arnold always goes the extra mile to expand and illustrate his articles, as is evident in his Sonora Candid portable piece in this issue. He not only presents good photos, but also makes personal connections for information, and digs out brochures and advertising materials. This effort adds depth to his articles.
Similarly, writers like Jerry Wieland expand our knowledge greatly when they share responses to their articles. We thank Jerry for combining six responses in a follow-up to his December '08 article on Utah Dynamic 1-100 speakers, and we added a seventh sent directly to us by Alan McChesney.
Thanks also to Ralph Jackson for telling us about his collection of 31 Halsons, not a common collectible brand, and his restoration of a Halson MS-40 still in progress. Ralph is looking for some help with his project.
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Coming Radio Events. Activities abound for radio collectors this month -- 7 meets, 23 meetings, and 4 auctions. There's lots to enjoy, so join the fun.
John V. Terrey, Editor
ON THE COVER
Our cover is a photo taken by Ray Chase at the April Estes Auction of three 1938 Philco standup advertising items. Ron Ramirez, in his book Philco Radio 1928-1942, comments that Philco was obviously targeting the ladies. The ad was an introduction to a big innovation in design -- a slant-front control panel, making it easier to read the controls. I wonder if the campaign would have the same appeal in today's politically correct marketplace.
Those of you who receive your magazine by regular Periodicals mail may have noticed that the July issue arrived First Class. This was a one-time bonus, the result of an error on the part of our printer.
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