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Swap Meet Heaven for Collectors!

In Collecting, Motorcycles, Radios, Traveling & Antiques on July 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Have you ever gone to a Swap Meet to find another piece to add to that collection of yours?  There is Swap meets for everything and anything you want!  This weekend in Lansing, Michigan is our EXTRAVAGANZA ’12, Michigan Antique Radio Club’s annual swap meet.  This years theme is Bakelite and Beyond.  (what a fabulous name!)  http://www.michiganantiqueradio.org/?q=content/extravaganza  Don’t miss it!  Beginning Thursday, July 12th, and continuing thru Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th.

“Last year over 1000 attendees from nearly 30 states and a number of foreign countries, as close as Canada and as far as Australia, enjoyed the festivities. Our theme this year will be Bakelite and Beyond.”

This year the Telephone Collectors International will be holding their meeting at the Antique Radio Convention.  (you can find them on Facebook)  Click on the link below to read up on this wonderful world of collecting!  Here is a clip from their ABOUT page :

Telephone Collectors International was incorporated under the laws of the state of Kansas on May 13, 1986. The goal of the organization is “to educate the public, as well as the members of the Corporation, regarding the history of telephony, the value of old telephones and related items, their collectability and preservation; to research telephone history and publish and provide literature thereon; to promote the public exhibition of old telephones and related items; and to promote common courtesies and guidelines for use by the public.” http://www.telephonecollectors.org/about/about.htm

 

      www.michiganantiqueradio.org

www.telephonecollectors.org

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to become a member of your local area Radio club, visit this website http://www.antiqueradio.com/clublist.html.

Links of interest for phone collectors http://links.telephonecollectors.info/

As previously posted by Forever Bound Art, the AMA vintage motorcycle swap meet is a NEVER miss for bike lovers.http://www.midohio.com/Schedule/AMA-Vintage-Motorcycle-Days  www.americanmotorcyclist.com/events/amavintagemotorcycledays  It has already passed for this year, but plan a trip sometime.  It’s a trip to motorcycle heaven.

 

Whatever you collect, there are more of you out there.   Don’t be afraid to proclaim your love for plastic, glass, radios, toys, whatever it may be.  There is a club for EVERYTHING!  Seriously…..

That’s why God gave us the ability to make stuff  🙂

Ghosts of Radio’s Past

In Radios on June 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Duly named since none of these radios work (yet).   Aren’t they gorgeous though?  Three are Montgomery Wards Airlines and the largest one in the picture is a Zenith.   The Airlines did not have any ‘cool’ names back then so I am going to try to describe them.  The little guy farthest to the left is a 1946 Model 64BR-1501A and at the moment doesn’t even have a cord :-(.  Someone clipped the entire thing off!  Easy repair thankfully.  The other Bakelite Airlines have little issues like a loose speaker (which is unusual) and the darn missing cord!  Can someone explain to me WHY you would lop off a cord?  The top Airline is Model 05BR-1525B.  This radio came in your choice of Walnut,Ivory, Red and Green.  Bottom right Ward Airline is Model 14BR-7434B and includes channel selection buttons.  Now, the Zenith is very pretty and is the one out of the bunch that is currently working.  It’s model number is H725 and Chasis number 7G012.   These radios are from the tail end of the Golden Age of Radio where television came into being.  What a big shift around that time from mystery programs to more of a music format.   Incidently, Montgomery Wards Airline Radios were made by various manufacturers and the BR in these model numbers stands for Belmont Radio.

Belmont Radio Corp. (B.R.C.); Chicago, Ill.   (USA)

http://www.radiomuseum.org/m/belmont_usa_en_1.html

Michael will work his magic on these radios and they will all be for sale.   If we can part with them!  After all, we are ALL collectors of something.  We’d love to hear from our vintage radio fans!  Tell us your story!

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