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Your ‘Must Have’ Vintage Radios!

1960s Roberts R200 Transistor Portable Radio

Your ‘Must Have’ Vintage Radios! Why is there a revival in Retro Vintage Radios? And when I say vintage, I mean 20th Century! Well, to be honest for me the answer is easy. Yes, you can have a tiny iPod, (which are very handy and a genius of technology and engineering, but I mislay mine constantly due to it’s size!), but you can’t really beat a vintage radio for both substance and style. There are so many to choose from and, yes, some of the most iconic names were actually ‘Made in Britain!’ Even more amazing! 2MT On the 14th…

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Radio Corporation Of America (RCA)

Radio Corporation Of America (RCA)

Radio Corporation Of America (RCA) Thanks to Steve of Mullard Magic for this interesting blog on the origin of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was formed in 1919 by General Electric, AT & T and United Fruit with the encouragement of the US Federal Government which wanted to maintain US leadership in long distance communications. Post war American Marconi was bought by General Electric and transferred to RCA. General Electric and Westinghouse made RCA their exclusive marketing channel for receivers and tubes in return for cross licenses to their patents. In 1941 RCA had…

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What Does Radio And Imitation Costume Jewellery Have in Common?

What Does Radio and ‘Imitation’ Costume Jewellery by Stratton of London Have In Common? 20th Century And Costume Jewellery Most of us own a piece of costume jewellery, whether it’s a watch; a ring or necklace made out of metal, plastic and semiprecious stones; a badge or pin. Even Monarchs, and other upper echelons of society, occasionally wore paste jewellery, as one wouldn’t want the ‘unwashed masses’ to steal our priceless jewels, would one? But when did costume jewellery become fashionable? Georgian Paste Jewellery Costume jewellery is not a new phenomena, it has been around since at least the 18th…

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What Do Radios and Ovaltine have in common? The Ovaltiney Radio!

Ovaltiney radio

What do radios and Ovaltine have in common? The answer is the ‘Ovaltiney’ radio or Philips 634A ‘Superinductance’ TRF set, produced from 1932/3. It was called Ovaltiney as it was used in nostalgic TV adverts for Ovaltine. The quality of this radio was superb. A replica of the radio was produced by ITC in 1984 to commemorate its 50th Birthday.

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