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 Post subject: This "Franklin" confuses me
PostPosted: Mar Wed 07, 2018 4:46 am 
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Any guesses on this one?

https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/atq ... 39536.html

This radio has the same escutcheon as a couple other west coast radios that have shown up over the last 3 or so years, but it reads like a modern repro. Was the escutcheon copied exactly, or is this a Franken-Franklin, with the tube chassis replaced by a modern repro?

See this thread and a couple threads linked from it...
http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/vie ... 1&t=335254

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 Post subject: Re: This "Franklin" confuses me
PostPosted: Mar Wed 07, 2018 5:03 am 
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Modern repro all the way. Here's another: https://www.ebay.com/itm263490579636

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 Post subject: Re: This "Franklin" confuses me
PostPosted: Mar Wed 07, 2018 5:37 am 
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palegreenthumb wrote:

What, you mean they didn't have FM in the early '30's??

I like the way they aged the cabinet down, to give it an "authentic" look. At least the damn thing doesn't have a badge in front, or a cassette on the side. They might even fool someone.

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 Post subject: Re: This "Franklin" confuses me
PostPosted: Mar Wed 07, 2018 1:02 pm 
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It could be the company came across a huge lot of NOS escutcheons and decided to make the radios naming themselves Franklin Radio Corp.

I've seen these before and I think they were made in the 70s or early 80s

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