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 Post subject: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Mon 19, 2018 10:09 pm 
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I really like threads that give folks a chance to show off their sets.
Half the fun of having all this stuff is showing it off.

Show us your crystal sets from the 19 teens through the 1950s.

Below are some photos of crystal sets in my collection.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Mon 19, 2018 10:11 pm 
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Since I can only put 10 photos in each post here's one more.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Mon 19, 2018 10:22 pm 
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You have some great sets Ron. I've had many crystal sets, but they have all been home built and I didn't take photos before they were disassembled for other experiments. I remember the second summer I worked away from the farm. I was 16 years old and I worked a night shift (8-12pm) making printed circuit boards for one of the earliest digital watches. I would get home at about 1am and go into the old farm house that we only used for storage. It had a steel roof that was the antenna for my radios and I still had my bedroom for my own use. I'd do a lot of DX'ing in those wee hours using an old set of diaphragm headphones that were painful on the ears.

It's a pleasure to look at your sets

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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Tue 20, 2018 1:16 am 
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My Pandora crystal radio set. I’ve had this set for about 30 years. Never did hook it up to a long wire. Life keeps getting in the way. Lol. When visitors ask what it is and I explain, they can’t grasp it doesn’t use any power. I get, “but how does it work”? Oh I love this hobby!


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Tue 20, 2018 2:42 am 
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Here are mine, all Rhode Island made:


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Tue 20, 2018 4:16 am 
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Here is my favorite crystal set the Kilbourne & Clark Type E

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The Type E used loose coupler tuning with the secondary coupling changed by string & pulleys.
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Here is another favorite the Bowman Airophone
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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Tue 20, 2018 7:35 am 
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My collection is of newer sets, which coincide with the radios I remember from my youth. I remember grounding them outside on the garden hose faucet, and inside on the finger stop of the phone. I remember how hard it was as an impatient kid to find the conducting spot on a galena crystal with a cats whisker. My brother and I had an antenna wired from our upstairs window over to the garage. I had one of the Remco sets, and while none of these were mine, the dark blue one came out of my friends childhood home.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Tue 20, 2018 9:25 am 
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Here is my only crystal set that seems to be home built and with a degree of refinement in it's box. I have never seen another quite like it.
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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Tue 20, 2018 3:36 pm 
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Pocket Radio. I don't know the year for it.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Tue 20, 2018 9:49 pm 
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I just got this Quaker Oats set with the original box a couple weeks ago, as a companion for the Mother's Crushed Oats radio that I've had for quite a few years. Both came from the original families that had ordered them from their Quaker Oats or Mother's Crushed Oats catalogs back in the 1920s. The catalog says they cost $1 plus 3 coupons, and you got a coupon with every box of the cereal that you bought.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Tue 20, 2018 11:59 pm 
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Lemco Set No. 340


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Wed 21, 2018 2:38 am 
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I have a few crystal sets, and may post more, but I thought I would add the sets I have that were made in my home state of Nebraska!

This is a TinyMite radio made by Western Manufacturing of Kearney, Nebraska
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Another made by Western Manufacturing, a Tinytone.
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A Jubilee set from the 20's, made in Omaha.
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A homebrew made using spare '20s parts, and a modern diode. My wife "volunteered" me to assist with her Scout Webelo group a few years ago to talk about radios. I scrounged up enough parts from my junk sets, cut the wires to lengths and put terminals on the ends and made some plywood baseboards to mount them on. Then wrote up some step by step instructions for the boys and their parent to follow to assemble their radio. I think there were about six boys that put them together, and it was amazing to see the reactions when they pulled in a station. Even the parents were amazed at the simplicity of the things. I'm sure the parents had never seen a crystal set before, and couldn't believe they worked without any batteries or other power. So, since this was made in Nebraska, I am including it too :)
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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Wed 21, 2018 2:43 am 
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Here is one of my more interesting crystal sets. A Murdock Long Wave Crystal Receiver. This set used to belong to Burt Katz and apparently had been one of the sets that were displayed in his Chicago pizza joint. It was covered in grease and was a pain to cleanup.

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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Wed 21, 2018 3:17 am 
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Almost forgot I had this Heathkit CR-1.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Wed 21, 2018 7:33 am 
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Inspired by Travis' Nebraska crystal sets, here's one from my state of Minnesota.

This is an RAO Hidden Coil Receiving Set with double slide tuning. It has a logo with the words 'RAO Minneapolis Minn' stamped on the bottom. The wire coil is wrapped around a cardboard tube and is covered with black pebbled cloth, and there are slots cut in the tube so the internal sliders can contact the coil. RAO was located near downtown Minneapolis but now is just a few blocks from my house, so I stopped in there one day to show this to them. Reuben A. Olsen founded the company in 1920, and later it was run by his son, and now by 2 grandsons, all with initials RAO. While they were telling me the history of their company, a great-grandson fetched the original engineering drawing of their 1920's single-slider model and made a copy of it for me. They showed so much interest in the radio that maybe some day I'll let them have it.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
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One more from Minnesota, a simple and somewhat crudely made Radio Maintenance Company set. It's the only example I've ever seen or heard of. Someone scratched into the top of the front panel the name of the person who gave it to them, so I looked that name up in an old directory and found that they lived in the neighborhood where the company was located. The company was listed in the directory from 1925 through 1938 and then disappeared.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Wed 21, 2018 11:36 am 
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Radiola with Sony´s detector.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Wed 21, 2018 12:52 pm 
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Here are a few more crystal radios in their original packaging (or what's left of it). I got several of these sets from Ed Bell about 10 years, ago, and they've long since moved on to new homes. The Beaver set is in a countertop "pre-pack" display from a store. I think the display held a total of 8 radios, each individually boxed.

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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
PostPosted: Feb Wed 21, 2018 1:22 pm 
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One from Japan


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your crystal sets
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I purchase this home brew set from another collector last year. I was amazed how loud and clear the stations come in with Baldwins.

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