Thursday, July 10, 2008

Vintage Radio

I was going to do this post for Vintage Thingy Thursday, but the day got away from me... and here it is, late Thursday night... so maybe I can post it for Show & Tell Friday.

Anyway, I wanted to show you my "new" vintage radio. As a long-time fan of Old Time Radio shows, I've been wanting an antique radio for years. I didn't care whether or not it worked. I just thought it would be neat to have one.


I've seen replicas that are very cool (and also spendy) but they usually just have a regular modern radio or maybe a CD player inside. To my notion there's just something very wrong about modern radio programs coming out of a classic radio! So I've been looking for one that had an XM receiver (because there's an OTR channel on XM) or an MP3 player (because I have lots of OTR shows on MP3).

Well, I haven't found one like that so far. But I have big plans for this one. My husband is pretty handy when it comes to sound systems and all things technical. So I'm pretty sure he can fix this one up for me to actually play my OTR programs!

Isn't it cool? It's an old cabinet radio. The radio controls are on the top, not on the front. It looks like perhaps someone's cat got ahold of the speaker fabric.
On the back side is this deep cubby hole, presumably for storing records...
...because the top flips open to reveal a record player! It even came with 4 records! These aren't the 33 1/3 vinyl records I grew up with, either! They are actually the old celluloid 78s... which was way before my time. They are very thick and heavy compared to vinyl records. Also "non-breakable".
Except they aren't.

It's a little hard to see in the picture, but one of the records had a crack from the outer edge all the way to the middle. I just thought it was ironic that the wrapper said "non-breakable."The record player doesn't work, nor does it have a needle, so it doesn't really matter. But these are Big Band records, so it would have been cool to be able to listen to them.
Neat addition to my living room, huh?

Wouldja like to guess where I got it? And how much I paid for it?

Okay. I won't make you guess. I'll just tell you.

Freecycle!

I know! Right? (That phrase sounds totally silly to me... but it seemed to fit right there! So I thought I'd just try it! LOL!)

A couple weeks ago, on a Saturday afternoon, someone posted that she was closing down her garage sale and she was going to pile all her leftovers out in her driveway, and if anybody wanted any of it they could just haul it off. I was very busy that day, but when I realized it was only about 4 blocks away I couldn't resist seeing what she had.

And that's where I found this treasure!

Show and Tell

24 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh wow.....very VERY cool finds. What treasures they all are. Fabulous Show n Tell this week.

Penless Thoughts said...

So happy you found this wonderful piece for free. I love the idea of your husband changing the insides so you can use it. Great idea.
Susan

Edi said...

What a great find - and at such a great price! Very fun!

My sister has an old record player in her living room...but it's actually a victrola (?)...came with a bunch of records and they got it to work!

Dori said...

Yeah for Freecycle! Love your new baby!

A Hint of Home said...

How cool is that? I have one that is an old Motorola. I'll have to feature it sometime.
Great post.

The Apron Queen said...

I told my 13yr old daughter that she sounded like a broken record. She lokked at me like I was crazy. She had no idea what that meant. Made me feel old. :) And to imagine that we now have tiny ipods vs huge cabinets.

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LBP said...

I love your radio/record player! I have an old Victrola in my living room. My teen son and his friends love it.

Blessings

Linda

Barbara H. said...

That is so cool! My husband's mother had a old radio that he always wanted, but when the time came, the controls and fabric were all messed up and it would have cost a mint to ship across the country, so it went to as local brother instead. I love old radio programs, too -- how neat it would be to listen to them on an actual old radio!

Earl West said...

What a great find (and for free!) I have a low-power AM transmitter hooked to my computer where I play radio shows in Mp3 format then I can listen to them in the living room on the vintage tube radio! I suspect a similar setup would work well for you. All my radio shows are from an old time radio website I found which has thousands of radio shows on Mp3 CD. Occasionally I even just play the 'new' show of the day and listen to it in the other room while relaxing.

Jewelgirl said...

What an amazing deal and find!
I am going to check out Freecycle
and bring some more stuff home....
This could be really fun!

Patty said...

That radio is so cool! I used to check Freecycle but never saw any ads like the one you saw.

Mam said...

wow. It's wonderful. Get out you 33 rpms. Free is good.
Nancy

Cat said...

As a Freecycle Moderator I have to say very cool find. I just love old radio's. I was checking out your lovely art work over at Sandy's. You did a wonderful job.

Hugs!!!

ceekay said...

Thanks for stopping by. You sure got a great find. I LOVE "dumpster diving". You find the greatest things. My husband slumps down in the seat and shakes his head...Have a great weekend!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great radio!

I stopped by to say that I just loved all of your swap items. You are quite talented.

Gattina said...

I still have my old radio from the 50th a small one though, but my first Elvis Presley records (which I still have) where these big once of 78 tours. So I have to come to you to play them, lol !

Dawn said...

What an amazing find - and Free! I love Freecycle!

Thanks for stopping by - our little twins are just like little magnets when we're out and about.

Lisa Ann said...

That is a treasure. I love vintage pieces like this. Thanks for sharing.

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

You got a great deal! I can't wait to see what happens when you get your radio restored and changed, I do hope you post about it when it's completed, I'd love to see the finished radio :). Wonderful post today! :)

Charlotte said...

When I was growing up, we listened to the radio - it was pre-TV days. I loved those old 78 RPM records too. I had one when I was a teenager that I loved and played so much I wore it out. Thanks for bringing back memories.

Kalianne said...

What a treasure, I hope you find a way to play vintage-style radio programs - that would be so beautiful and nostalgic. What an inspiring post!

A Romantic Porch said...

Karla, that is so neat. I hope you can get it fixed to listen to stuff on! I love to dig through garage sale leftovers...I had a friend call just yesterday and say, "come and get it". xorachel

Ivory Spring said...

What a great find and treasure!!!

Rue said...

Hi Karla :)

Great find!! I'll bet you can get it fixed. I would've picked it up too :)

rue