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**FRENCH Antique Radios**

Vintage radios from France will operate on 120 volt,
making them more appealing to American collectors.

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Ducretet Thomson Radio model L2323, blue cabinet, 1953, French

Ducretet model L2323 from 1953.
A very appealing midget radio occasionally found in white plaskon,
with only a few known to exist in this turquoise color.
A damaged red one recently surfaced.
(schematics), (service notes).

Ducretet Thomson

Ducretet Thomson Radio model L424, white plaskon, French

This is the model L424 radio with a white plaskon cabinet and reverse-painted glass dial.
(schematics), (service notes).

Ducretet Thomson

Ducretet Thomson Radio model L524, large white plaskon, 1955, French

The model L524 is a fairly large (12" wide x 9.5" tall) multi-band radio
with a plaskon cabinet and reverse-painted, glass dial. (1955)
(schematics), (service notes).


Gnome Radio smallest tube radio in the world

The smallest tube radio in the world!
(including its cousins, the Italian "Gnomo" and the Spanish "Pulgarcito")


Grandin Radio model Labrador, white, asymetric design, 1958, French

Grandin "Labrador", Very unusual asymetric design plaskon midget, with pushbuttons, 1958.
(schematics), (service notes).


Jicky Radio model 44, brown bakelite, French

Dramatically marbled brown bakelite model 44 made by Jicky.
I'm still looking for a schematic, please let me know if you have one.


Marconi Radio model Baby 451, white cabinet, top dial, 1953, same as Pathe Lutin Goblin Leprechaun, French

The 1953 Marconi "Baby" 41 is equivalent to the Pathe "Lutin" ("Goblin" or "Leprechaun") 451.
It is a 4-tube midget radio with a top slide-rule dial and recessed side thumbwheel knobs.
Interesting little radio made from three separate pieces;
the front and back halves, and the base.


Oceanic Radio model Surcouf, green side lights, wood, pushbuttons, French

Oceanic, "Type: Surcouf", made from a combination of wood and plastics,
with a glass reverse-painted dial.


Radialva Radio model Supergroom, brown bakelite, 1941, French

A beautifully marbled, 3-band, TV-dial "Super Groom" made in 1941.
Sometimes found with various pin-stripe colors and knobs, or in solid brown bakelite.
This radio is identical to the German Braun F56GW, other than the dial glass markings.
It used 5 tubes; 6E8G, 6K7, 6Q7, 25L6 and 25Z6.


Radialva Radio model Brio, metal snakeskin painted cabinet, 1950, French

This Radialva was called the "Brio" and was made ca. 1950.
It's top and bottom halves are made of metal, painted with a snakeskin textured surface,
with a fancy plastic dial surround, plaskon knobs and trimmed with white rubber stripes.


Radialva Radio model Fox, portable, 1955, French Radialva Fox maroon

The beautiful 1950s Radialva "Fox" portable.


Radialva Radio model Fetiche, table radio, French

A yellow 1950s Radialva "Fetiche" small table radio.


Radialva Radio model Superclips, mini green cabinet, French Radialva Radio model Superclips, mini white cabinet, front view, French Radialva Radio model Superclips, mini white cabinet, top view, French
Model "SuperClips", miniature (only 8"wide, 5"high), made of 3 separate plaskon pieces and metal top grille.


Radialva Radio model Super AS50, brown bakelite, red grille, French Radialva Radio model Super AS53, white-brown marbled beetle cabinet, French
The model Super AS50 with the red plaskon grill and matching knobs
and the AS53 with a beautifully marbled cabinet were made in the early '50s.
The AS53 is the only French radio I have ever seen made with a marbled beetle plastic.
(the 2 photos show the lighting changes when photographed)
(AS53 schematics)

360 degree view: (Hover over thumbnail or click for larger image)

Philips BF101_U, Radiola RA15-U, Radiola RA11-U
Philips Radio model BF101U, French Philips Radio model RA15U, French Radiola Radio model RA11U, French
Three radios of identical size made in France in the early '50s by Radiola and Philips.
Clear lucite grills of incredible design!
The RA15U has the dial scale printed onto the grillcloth.
The BF101 and RA11U have identical circuits.


Radiola Radio model RA248, asymetric Le Corbusier design, 1958, French
Model RA 248 (1958)

schematics (1mb PDF)


Radiola Radio model RA-26U, white plaskon, red grille, 1951, French Radiola Radio model RA-26U, brown bakelite, red grille, 1951, French
Model RA-26U, made in France 1951,
made of white plaskon with a gold sun-ray grille over red grille cloth and clear knobs with gold trim,
or brown bakelite with a clear grille.
5 tubes; UCH42, UF41, UBC41, UL41, UY41.
Turned on, the dial and Radiola logo have a beautiful mesmerizing glow.
One of my all-time favorite radio designs.

Radio Antena

Radio Antena model Versailles, side lights, magic eye tuning tube, pushbuttons, French

The model "Versailles" is a great design with illuminated side columns, a center green tuning "eye",
faux snake-skin trim next to the center nameplate and a mirrored dial, just to mention some of the interesting features.
Made from of metal, wood, plastic and glass.


Ruby Radio model Telemonde, white plaskon, French

Model "Telemonde", made from white plaskon with a mirrored dial.


SNR Societe Nouvell Radio model Excelsior 55, large metal cabinet, magic tuning eye tube, 1954, French

Model Excelsior 55, an absolutely wild design, made in France by SNR (Societe Nouvelle Radio - Electrique).
AM and Shortwave, "magic eye" tube, dual mirrored dials, reverse painted plastic grille
with painted metal cabinet, 1954.
The radio measures 22 inches wide, 15 1/2 inches tall and 7 inches deep.

See American Sonora radios

Sonora T37

Sonora Radio model T37, tall bakelight cabinet with lighted glass side columns, 1936, French

The 1936 Sonora model T37 features a Greek temple inspired design
with Corinthian illuminated glass pillars that accentuate the art deco styling.
This stunning, marbled bakelite radio stands nearly 17" tall.

Sonora 302

Sonora Radio modle 302 Cadillac, bakelite cabinet, 1949, French

The iconic French Sonora model 302 was made in a large brown bakelite cabinet
with chrome trim and a mirrored dial and a tuning eye.
The model 301 was a version that did not include the tuning eye. They were made in 1949.
Many reproductions of the radio have been made in different sizes in recent years.
301 schematic, 302 schematic

Sonora 50

Sonora Radio model Sonorette 50, marbled bakelite, French Sonora Radio model Sonorette 50, white plaskon, French
The unique Sonora Sonorette 50. A very small bakelite that was available in red, green, white and marbled brown cabinets.
(schematics 1, schematics 2.)

Sonora Sonorette 4

Sonora Radio model Sonorette 4, white plaskon, French

The Sonora "Sonorette 4" was made in 1956 and also was available in brown or green.
The colorful dial and pointer are superimposed over the speaker acting as the grill.
A similar model, the Sonorette 3 had a side knob to switch between bands, and did not include the pushbuttons.


Tecalemit Radio model Super 54, large bakelite cabinet with sunray design, 1935, French

Large bakelite Tecalemit "Super 54" - an early bakelite made in 1935.
(schematics, service notes.)


Zodiac Radio model Moskito 550, small bakelite cabinet, French

Midget Zodiac "Moskito 550", only 5" wide!
Brown bakelite with white painted trim and enamel emblem.
A 2 band radio with 5 tubes squeezed into the tiny cabinet.
(Back of radio)


Zodiac Radio model Elysee, gold plastic, wood cabinet, French

Zodiac "Elysée"

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