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There is no love for 1940’s+ radios because:
They ugly  46%  [ 22 ]
WW2  8%  [ 4 ]
TV’s killed the family radio and were the focus from then on.  10%  [ 5 ]
They aren’t old enough yet  2%  [ 1 ]
Too many still around to be rare, soon we will be more desperate  10%  [ 5 ]
Other  23%  [ 11 ]
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 Post subject: Why the lack of love for 40’s radios?
PostPosted: Jan Sun 12, 2020 10:17 pm 
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Guys,

You can say styling but really why the lack of love for radios manufactured after 1939? First let’s define lack of love by whom? Just us codgers on ARF or all collectors or the general public or radio cabinet style critiques or art and museum owners or what? It’s pretty universal I think.

And to cut to the chase, I think it’s because when TV’s were starting to be made, change my mind.


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 Post subject: Re: Why the lack of love for 40’s radios?
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Lack of love for 40's radios ??

Says who ??


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Coulda fooled me too. Here's a few of mine.


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if you visited my new radio room or museum as the wife calls it, 90-95% of the radios are pristine shiny fully restored pieces of 1940s perfection.

i have a couple 30s, couple 50s and a couple 60s sets, but the main era is 40-48ish before those cheap horrid bastard slug tuned IFTs became exclusive later in the decade.

40-48 table shiny bakelite AA5/6 sets are my favorite.

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Those are bee-u-tiful radios!

I guess I could have said consoles but maybe in the 40’s the market changed to tabletops. Again, I am blaming the TV for that...


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I don't think that most collectors have any dislike for radios made in the 1940s, however the lack of domestic radio production in the US from 1941-1945, along with the immediate post-war boom of television technology resulted in reduced radio sales and development as opposed to other decades.

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Here's one of my favorites and a good looker as well as a performer.


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I love the 40's radios?!?!



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Lot of radios styles leave me cold from 40s thru 60s. That was when they became another appliance, like the toaster, having previously been the center of pride and family entertainment. I won't fully reject them, but I won't pay alot for one either. One of my daily use radios is a 1950 bakelite with somewhat attractive features, but it does not measure up to a 30s wood cased beauty.

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A better question might be why the lack of love for 40's side by side radio phono's?

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When the war ended, manufacturers were desperate to get sets on the market. Some did this by recycling pre-war designs. So you can't always tell by looking if a set is from the late '30s or early '46.

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Right, if you said consoles I'd change my vote to Ugly.

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 Post subject: Re: Why the lack of love for 40’s radios?
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For me, the only radios I usually like past 1940 are the bakelite sets. It basically was the end of the really artistically styled wood sets. Squarer, more contemporary lines and much less inspired designs, especially after WW2.


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The golden age of radio and innovative design peaked about 1937.
From there, it was a downhill slide with many manufacturers. Fancy high tube count models declined and cabinet styling changed.

Factors I believe attributed to this.
Electronic design had matured and improvements were not a pronounced.
Even though, the Great Depression was gradually improving, there was an economic downturn around 1937-1938.
Most homes had nice radios, and second or third radios were starting to become the desired thing.
Television was being advertised as the next great thing.
I'm sure the situation in Europe along with the beginning of war affected things.
I seem to have said "Things" a lot :lol:

There were plenty of cool radios through the forties as already mentioned, but the golden age for radio was coming to its final hours, especially after WWII.

Just some ideas.

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WWII as a reason to NOT like radios?

I'm just the opposite ... I love the WWII military radios!


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badwaxcaps wrote:
A better question might be why the lack of love for 40's side by side radio phono's?

let the list of reasons begin:

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Actually, the bulk of my radio collection is from the 40's--I only have maybe 5 or 6 that are pre-40

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Ugly. But as the saying goes, "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder" .

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I'd say the more appropriate question is 40's CONSOLES. Indeed, many 40's consoles aren't exactly fabulous looker and as of now, really hard to sell let alone give away with only few exceptions. The trend seemed to be putting them in cabinets that looked more like chest of drawers or square pieces of anonymous furniture.


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bobwilson1977 wrote:
I'd say the more appropriate question is 40's CONSOLES. Indeed, many 40's consoles aren't exactly fabulous looker and as of now, really hard to sell let alone give away with only few exceptions. The trend seemed to be putting them in cabinets that looked more like chest of drawers or square pieces of anonymous furniture.


Hey, I resemble that remark! :D


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