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My Radio Collection — 1950's

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1950's Radios

These radios are all tube models. The 50's was also a transition decade for radios. The 50's started as octal tubes were on their way out and the miniatures on the way in. Wood was giving way to plastic. By the end of the fifties, tubes were giving way to transistors. The nation was in a big consumer growth period. The family had more than one radio now. One for the kitchen, the living room and maybe a clock radio in the bedroom. Console televisions replaced the console radios of the day.

This is the time I was born and growing up. I was a television kid, not remembering the importance of radio. I can still remember the little white DeWald radio playing in the kitchen. DeWald's must have been sold by my grandfather in his store as everyone in our family owned a 50's DeWald.


hallicrafters s-72 radio
Hallicrafters S-72

I own two of these. It is an 8 tube set that works on AC/DC or batteries. It has a BFO so CW and SSB can be received. The radio covers .55 mhz to 30 mhz in four bands.


sparton 380 radio
Sparton 380

This is my second Sparton radio. I am getting to like these sets. And it is a blond to boot. They call it "golden wheat" we all know it is a blond. This is another ebay radio. I got it fairly cheap but had to wait a while for the price to stay in my neighborhood. I had to put a new dial cord on this one. It needed a 5Y3 rectifier tube and it was good to go. There were a couple of weak tubes that were replaced and two paper capacitors. I found the diagram in a 1954 book so this set is a 53 or 54. There is no special greatness about the circuit but I figured with a 6x9 speaker, this radio would have the big sound. I wasn't disappointed at all.

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1950's Radios