Antique Radio Classified
A.R.C.--The National Publication For Buyers And Sellers
Of Old Radios And Related Items--Published Monthly

VOLUME 27               SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2010                NUMBER  9/10


From Antique Radio Classified for September-October 2010
(Copyright 1996-2010 by John V. Terrey - For personal use only.)

Here it is -- the promised double issue with more pages, more articles, and a color cover. As we move forward in this transition to a new phase in the life of A.R.C., we continue our conversations with potential new publishers and remain optimistic about the outcome. Meanwhile, we welcome your ads and the quality articles that you collectors continue to contribute.

That quality is visible throughout the varied articles in this issue. For example, Paul Turney once again exhibits his great ability to do in-depth research on radio subjects. The result is that we are the beneficiaries of his two-part story on the Grigsby-Grunow/Majestic Company from 1921 to 1955. Because we have a double issue, we are able to present both parts.

Art Redman also keeps us informed about the history of radio manufacturing companies of the Northwest, his home territory. A victim of the Great Depression, the Myers-Blackwell Company produced few sets; nevertheless, Art's friend Jay Johnson came up with a crystal set and photographed it for this article. Collaboration like that is common among radio collectors.

Very often in these pages we've seen similar evidence of fellow collectors striving to help each other out, sharing information and skills, in order to preserve radio history. When radio business cards and related photos showed up at Bequaert Old Books in a package of ephemera, Frank Bequaert immediately thought of sharing his find with A.R.C.

The radio set analyzers in the photos, which were used to track down a problem in a radio, might come to mind when you next take your car for repair, and they plug it into a computer to analyze the problem. Same idea, just new technology. Many thanks to Frank.

As for new technology, yes, Powel Crosley was a big-time radio man, but he found new developments in aviation irresistible. Dave Crocker is our official historian on the Crosley Company, and this time he tells us about "The Flea," a plane so small that Dave wonders how a tall man like Powel could fit into it.

We often find something to wonder about regarding sets contributed for Photo Review. Paul Buresh's RCA 66X3 became a filler-article because it's a very good-looking table model, but also because, according to Paul, its sound is exceptional.

On the two Photo Review pages, Gerard Faassen"s porcelain "Parrot" loudspeaker is certainly exceptional.

Who knew that the Royal Doulton Company would be producing loudspeakers in 1927! Other more traditional sets fit wide-ranging interests -- everything from crystal and battery sets to a cathedral and a Ham transceiver.

Even more interesting sets show up in not one but two articles about the exciting three-day Charlotte 2010 Antique Radio Collector Conference. In particular, the club's kick-off event, the Ernie Hite collection auction, showcased really quality items, more than 20 of which went for over $1,000 each. The total was more than $100,000 and the club's usual 10% was donated to a college fund for Ernie's daughter -- another example of our supportive radio community. The club's regular auction was highlighted by two E.H. Scott sets selling at over $1,000 each.

In addition to the auctions, the meet included all the usual ingredients of a successful event -- a flea market, forums on such subjects as Reginald Fessenden's 1906 Christmas Eve broadcast, an old equipment contest, and a banquet. No wonder the club feels confident enough to book the Sheraton for the next two years!

We too feel confident that this hobby will continue to thrive, and we hope that you will continue to support A.R.C. into the future.

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Coming Radio Events. Listed throughout the fall are 49 meetings, 18 meets; and 7 auctions. Get out there and enjoy!

Happy Collecting!

John V. Terrey, Editor

September-October cover

The handsome Cleartone set on our cover is an excellent example of what it takes to be a prize-winner in an old equipment contest. Robert Lozier's entry in the Charlotte Conference contest is not only an interesting display, but also an educational experience for viewers. The set really stands out with its bright brass engraved panel, and the documentation that tells its story in the accompanying binder is of great value.

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