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 Post subject: RCA victor am radio with cigarette lighter
PostPosted: Oct Sat 16, 2004 10:08 pm 
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9-XL-1E I have never seen a radio with a cigarette lighter built into the top. The lighter is not an add on, it is of the same color and material of the radio. Anyone have any info on it?<P>------------------<BR>


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PostPosted: Oct Sun 17, 2004 4:25 am 
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Hello,<P>This topic was brought up about a year ago on this board. Yes, indeed, the lighter is original. Seems RCA had some gimmick during the late 1950s. It is standard radio model and was adapated for the cigarette lighter function, they added-on a power supply transformer inside the radio to provide power for the heating element.<P>The "9" in the model number indicates your radio was new for the 1959 model year. Although it's not that rare (you do see them time to time on eBay), there are not that many examples out there left, most have damage or missing parts.<P>Joe<P>------------------<BR><I>Clock-radios, the original form of multi-tasking!</I>


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 Post subject: Re: RCA victor am radio with cigarette lighter
PostPosted: May Mon 21, 2018 3:09 am 
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The RCA Victor Model 9-XL-1E Radio 8) with a cigarette lighter is unique, and certainly so more today and as time goes by. There may have been other radios with cigarette lighters installed in them, but this is the only one I have ever seen or heard talked about. The radio itself is a standard All American 5 and a good performer. As to the cigarette lighter on the top of the radio, well it certainly performed a needed function at the time when cigarettes were regularly advertised on the radio and later television.

From Jack Benny to William "Bill" Conrad in "Gunsmoke", every cigarette brand from Chesterfield, Lucky Strike, L & M, Philip Morris (with his famous "CALL FOR PHILLIP MORRIS") were regular sponsors for many of the radio and television shows until they were banned. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope were oftentimes heard advertising various cigarette brands as was Jack Webb on his popular "Dragnet" radio show. There were also many radio shows named after cigarette Companies such as Chesterfield and the Lucky Strike Show. So, if you find one of these radios with the lighter (which is oftentimes missing), you will have a radio that will certainly become only more unique and a definite conversation piece as time goes by. Of course at the time all cars had cigarette lighters, and I think many still do today, as they do come in handy for other purposes. All this radio needs is an ashtray :!:

The RCA Victor Model 9-XL-1E Radio came in several colors, how many I am not sure but the grey and creme colors seem to be the one's most commonly found today, especially the creme colored one as pictured.


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