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An old radio I found - Master Radio Mfg. Company
« on: September 19, 2009, 02:27:59 PM »
 Hi all,

 I found this old radio, and I cant find any information about it. knowing some of you are radio nuts as well as phone nuts, I thought one of you might recognize it. is it a Motorola?

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Re: An old radio I found
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2009, 06:35:56 PM »
Not Motorola, no, but what it is, I've no clue.  I've never seen a radio with the "Master" name on it.  Very interesting, indeed.  I wonder if it's Canadian.

Just out of curiosity, is there a tag attached to the back of the chassis which might give any information such as patents, etc.?
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Re: An old radio I found
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2009, 06:42:03 PM »

 the only markings on the back of the case. are antenna and do not ground. I guess I'll have to pull the back cover off and look for tags.
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Re: An old radio I found
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2009, 09:41:46 PM »
One of 3 possible models all using same chassis. 1933, Mighty Midget, Model 50, or model 70.
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Re: An old radio I found
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2009, 09:43:58 PM »
BTW,....The Master Radio Mfg Company.
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Re: An old radio I found
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2009, 11:08:41 PM »
HA-- 1933--   i thought it looked a little art deco :o ;D

very cool radio.

jeez, that panther guy really knows about stuff :o
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Re: An old radio I found
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2009, 12:23:57 AM »
1933 is awful early for that horizontal dial scale, though, isn't it?
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Re: An old radio I found
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2009, 01:30:04 AM »
Bingster;
The Info I posted was all I could scrape up about the Master name. Apparently they only made radios in 1933. Off hand I can't think of any other horizontal dial earlier than say 1940 or so.
But then again, history has shown us many innovative companies that were too advanced, and didn't make it. This may be another example.
If I were asked to venture a guess at the date, I'd say 1946.
The only Master info I could find was 3 radios made in 1933. The freont panel almost looks home made.
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Re: An old radio I found
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2009, 04:55:24 AM »
Yeah, I ran into the same thing while searching.  I did find a Master listed that was headquartered in London in the right time-frame, though, but the radio doesn't look at all English.  I wonder if the ARFers would know?
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Re: An old radio I found
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2009, 01:50:18 PM »
I asked ARF the question about the horizontal dialface. I'm waiting for an answer.
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Re: An old radio I found
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2009, 02:50:50 PM »
The earliest anyone so fars knows of, was a company called Erla, they made a sliderule dial in 1932. The concept did not catch on until about 8 to 10 years later.
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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2009, 04:35:49 PM »
Regardless of manufacturer, I'm with you in thinking it's mid-1940s.  It's a very common style for that period.
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Re: An old radio I found
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2009, 04:18:52 PM »
Please post a picture of the inside of the radio. The type of tubes and tube shields can sometimes reveal which decade it was made. If it has a tube layout diagram, can you post the tube numbers? And yes, all the slide rule dials I've seen were like 1938 on and this one looks to be a 1940s radio to me.
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Re: An old radio I found
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2009, 10:21:15 PM »
On a side note I notice that you have the Henry Dreyfuss designed Honeywell thermostat on the wall.  Very cool design. 

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Re: An old radio I found
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2009, 01:41:10 AM »
Taking another look at the radio, it has Philco knobs, and a Philco designed cabinet, and the front panel looks very clean for the cabinet. I'm leaning towards homebrew.
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