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  • With reference to the reply post by cornershop15 (Yesterday, 04:59 PM #165 p11) to my questions about this thread:

    Originally posted by cornershop15 View Post
    Hello again. To answer your first question, and showing my own ignorance of this subject, I didn't know what Transceivers looked like until you mentioned them. From what I've seen at Google Images, all I can say is "Let's concentrate on re-ceivers, please". Identfying those is difficult enough!
    Pity - I had a few transceivers lined up...

    Originally posted by cornershop15 View Post
    "Vintage" is a personal preference, really. I like being interested in things from a bygone era, preferably 1930s to the mid-1970s, and am out of my depth with current technology, such as smartphones and Blu-Ray players
    Looks like a good year range to me but may I suggest that the lower end be moved to the mid 1920s. I hope to influence your decision with the post that follows this one which is for a 1924 radio.

    And if you think post mid-1970s is not to be included when one finally considers modern technology - there is a numbing sameness to a lot of the entries in product ranges these days from smart phones to commercial aircraft.

    Originally posted by cornershop15 View Post
    I have a question for you: What are you seeing in that image from The Intimate Stranger? At first glance, it looked like a record player but zooming in I now think it may be a wooden radio with a couple of magazines coverng the top:
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    I at first also suspected that this item was actually a record player too. Looking at the right side of the alcove did not give me the impression that it was deep - certainly not enough room for a record player. Unfortunately this was the only camera angle used for this portion of the room. Therefore I reluctantly decided that it "could" be a radio - but I did hedge my bet by starting the sentence with "What appears to be a". And yes it looks like it does have several magazines draped over it.

    By "wooden radio" I presume you mean that it was functional but that the case was made of wood?

    Thanks for your quick and comprehensive response.
    Last edited by lazarus6; 28 February 2020, 09:29 AM.

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    • Downton Abbey (s05e02) [UK]

      https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1606375/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (series)

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downton_Abbey (series)

      https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3666186/?ref_=fn_ep_tt_6 (episode)

      Quoting from IMDb (series): "A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early twentieth century."

      Among other happenings in the s05e02 episode a radio is finally allowed to be very reluctantly rented so that the household can listen to King George V. This is the first time a British monarch speaks to his subjects by 'wireless' which occurs during the opening ceremony of the British Empire Exhibition on April 23, 1924.

      (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...Series_5_(2014), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Empire_Exhibition)

      Downton Abbey 5: A Scene from Episode 2



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      (episode excerpt closeup at 00:00:37)

      It appears to be a Gecophone BC3400 built in 1923 (https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/genera...e_bc_3400.html)

      One of the 8 downloadable images available from the Radio Museum web site mentioned above
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      Last edited by lazarus6; 28 February 2020, 09:03 AM.

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      • Well done with that one Click image for larger version  Name:	thumbsup.gif Views:	0 Size:	486 Bytes ID:	85487
        Originally posted by lazarus6 View Post
        I had a few transceivers lined up...

        You can still create a separate thread for them if you wish. They're not as attractive to look at, in my opinion, but I look forward to seeing your discoveries.


        "1930s to Mid-1970s"is a longer timespan than most people regard as their favourite years. I do have some interest in the decades that 'bookend' them (if that's the word) and. in addition to radios, have posted later book and album covers, and even 19th Century posters and paintings at other threads. It's just that my knowledge/experience of 1920s and '80s popular culture isn't as good.

        I totally agree about the "sameness" of post-1980s products, notably 'phones that are covered by hands. As some of the members here will remember, I like to see actors looking important holding a bakelite or candlestick receiver against their ears.



        By "wooden radio" I presume you mean that it was functional but that the case was made of wood?
        This is the kind of radio I've had in mind, and researched all day without success.

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        I've now given up trying to find it and am going to watch McMillan and Wife to cheer me up.

        Last edited by cornershop15; 28 February 2020, 07:52 PM.

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        • Bob Hope in 'The Big Broadcast of 1938'

          His very first scene in a feature film, co-starring W.C. Fields and Martha Raye:

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          A misleading image! Only half of the radio is shown when Bob's facing the camera (which pans slightly
          to the right as he turns up the volume) so this is a combination of two screencaps. Can you see the join?


          More than 80 years later, I seem to be the only person who has pointed out/identified the
          magazine he's reading as House Beautiful (Oct 1937) and the radio a Packard-Bell 35-H:

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          The brand name is missing, or has been painted over, in the film's model. This is over my head
          but I have established that above the obscured word 'Stationized' is the 'Magic Eye' indicator.


          In a later scene, Dorothy Lamour's voice emanates from the radio Bob is leaning on. He tells the cruise
          ship's passengers that it is (being picked up via) "remote control". So is this a remote control receiver?:

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          Wonderful film, by the way. Added to my very short list of new favourites:

          The Big Broadcast of 1938 on YouTube

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          • Edward Woodward wakes up in Callan (1974) and is shocked to realise he's missed "THE ARCHERS":

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            • These Foolish Things (2006) [UK]

              https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0439848/

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/These_...h_Things_(film)

              According to Wikipedia: "romantic drama film directed by Julia Taylor-Stanley and starring Zoƫ Tapper, David Leon, Lauren Bacall, Anjelica Huston, Terence Stamp, Andrew Lincoln, Eve Myles, Jamie Glover and Julia McKenzie...Set in 1930s England, a struggling young actress, a fledgling director and an ambitious playwright become embroiled in an emotional love triangle as they strive for recognition, fame and fortune in a world on the brink of World War II."

              A parlour radio seen in multiple scenes from 00:13:43-00:15:13, and from 01:28:35-01:28:56
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              • Hello again. I think that's a Philips 634A ("France 1933-34"):

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                "Later nicknamed 'The Ovaltine Set' "

                Credited at Catawiki as a 'Philips 634A Lentebode',.

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                • Two nice ones in the Ministry of Information short Miss Knowall (1940):

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                  Phyllis Morgan tunes in between the baked beans

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                  And Martita Hunt is tuned out by Mark Daly.

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                  • Yvonne Mitchell went to Turn the Key Softly in 1953:

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                    And got "Plaisir d'Amour" on Classic FM.

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                    • Norman Bird's set (which plays extremely cheesy music) in "Lifer", an excellent episode of PUBLIC EYE:

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                      Apologies if we've had this one before.

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                      • Good evening, Gerald. No, that's a new addition to the Vintage Radio threads - and my Public Eye 'Connections' folder.

                        The Ferguson logo helped me to identify this as their 621U model from 1959 (shown in white at Radio Museum):

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                        I should create a Norman Bird 'Connections' folder! My favourite character actor in my favourite TV series:

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                        A better choice of music for our Norman to listen to on his now identified radio:

                        Design - Willow Stream [1970]
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                        • Excellent stuff, cornershop, and a great picture of Norman.

                          A couple of radios featured in Alfie (1965), the latter having a significant plot point:

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                          Julia Foster with Michael Caine in the first image.

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                          • Paul Kermack arrives home in the PUBLIC EYE episode in which he has a "Fit of Conscience":

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                            The radio is playing "Find a Way" by John Borthwick and Richard Tattersall, a rather South Seas sounding piece of music, but the G&T is not waiting for Paul, who promptly heads for the whisky bottle. This radio is very similar to one we had for many years.

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                            • Good morning, Gerald. First things first ...

                              You probably recognised Julia Foster's radio in Alfie as a classic BUSH model:

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                              Closer view.:

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                              I've learned from my research that there were several varations in the early 1960s. The most noticeable
                              difference between the Mark I and Mark II versions of the TR82C is the addition of an earphone socket:

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                              Mark I (1959-63) and Mark II (1963-65).


                              I think I've identified the one in Public Eye - Fit of Conscience as well:

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                              Roberts R606-MB?:

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                              This page has a photo taken at a similar angle to the set in your image:

                              Roberts 606MB (1970) - 925brands.com

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                              • Hello Cornershop, we still have that Bush ll radio the one with the red inner dial and it still works! My father bought it about 1969 I think, it also seems to be made of Bakelite.

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