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(--Argentina--) Genalex

Genalex Radio chocolate bakelite, 1948, Argentina

Made by Genalex in 1948. Genalex began in 1939 and made electronic equipment up until 1958.
It was typical of many vintage Argentine radios to have no manufacturer markings other than the bakelite cabinet and the chassis stamped "Fabrica de Argentina".
Although only half the size, a very similar design to the US-made Belmonts and the Aussie Technico Aristocrat.
The cabinet is made of chocolate brown bakelite.
During '40s and '50s, Genalex was a primary radio manufacturer,
although many companies in Argentina manufactured radios; Philips, Zenith (assembly only), Dumont, Westinghouse, Radio Serra, Noblex, Tonomac, Radio Victoria, Admiral, Genalex, Grundig - to name a few.

(--Austria--) Eumig

Eumig Radio model 326, small bakelite, Austrian

Eumig model 326, made in Austria, a small (9"w x 6.5"h) 2-piece brown-mottled bakelite radio.
The center dial is reverse-painted glass and the escutcheon is made from a separately molded bakelite piece.
Eumig was in production in Vienna from 1919-1985, making movie cameras and projectors primarily, with radios and televisions also. (Schematic 1, Schematic 2)

(--Austria--) Minerva

Minerva Radio model 376, magic tuning eye tube, wild wood grain cabinet, 1936, Austrian

The Minerva model 376 was made in Austria. It is an impressive, large wood radio with fabulous wood grain patterns. It was made in 1936/37 and featured a "magic eye" tuning indicator tube, and a unique tuning knob found on other Minerva models. Minerva was founded as Radiola in 1924 by Wilhelm Wohleber in Vienna, using the names Radiola, RadioGlobe, Aeriola, Aerophon and Radiopa. To avoid problems with large corporations using these names; Radiola by RCA in the USA and France, and Aeriola by Westinghouse, Wohleber changed the name to Minerva in 1927. Minerva flourished all the way through the late 1960s. For more history on Minerva, try this link.
(Schematic 1, Schematic 2)

(--Chile --) RCA

RCA X11 Aladino Aladdin Books radio, Chile

The model X-11 "Aladdin" ("Aladino") is a small 3-part bakelite construction, with the "bookends" sometimes found in white.
It measures only 4½ high and 9½ wide. (bottom label)

(--Czechoslovakia --) Tesla

Tesla Radio model 308U, bakelite, Czechoslovakia

Tesla model 308u.
This is one of the world's most ubiquitous radios, due in part to 1 million that were made in a nearly 10 year run in the 1950s.
Date stamps on chassis parts tells this example was built in mid-1959.
It's fabulous design would suggest it to be a mid-40s radio.
Another reason many survived is that the cabinet was very well made with very thick bakelite.
It was available in black, brown or burgundy.
The 4-tube, 3-band chassis was also high quality.
Schematic 1, Schematic 2

(--Czechoslovakia --) Tesla

Tesla Radio model 306U, bakelite, Czechoslovakia

(1950-1951) model 306U (schematic)

(--Czechoslovakia --) Tesla

Tesla Radio model 307U, bakelite, Czechoslovakia

model 307U

(--Holland--) Philips

Dutch Philips Radio model BX 422 AB, bakelite with handle, ac-dc, 1952, Holland

Philips type BX 422 AB. Full brown bakelite case portable, AC/DC, 1952.

(--Holland--) Philips

Dutch Philips Radio model BX 195U bakelite, 1949, Holland

Philips type BX 195U. Brown bakelite cabinet, 220v, 1949.

(--Holland--) Philips

Dutch Philips Radio model B3X96A maroon bakelite, 1959, Holland

Philips type B3X96A, 1959

(--Hungary--) Orion

Orion Radio model 333U bakelite cabinet with top semi-circle dial, 1942, Hungary

Orion type 333U (1942/1943)

(--Hungary--) Terta

Terta Radio model BA408F portable, 1958, Hungary

The nicely designed portable Terta BA408F was made by Telefongyar in 1958-59. Interestingly constructed of metals, wood and plastics.

(--Hungary--) Qualiton

Qualiton Radio model A814, Hungary

Qualiton A814

(--Israel--) BenGal

GenGal Radio model Sinai, Israel

The BenGal "Sinai" has quickly become one of my favorites with it's bold cherry red plaskon cabinet,
trimmed with a translucent white surround that beautifully lights up on the sides of the dial and the red button below the dial.
It runs on 220 volts and I was told it was made in the UK for Israel, although this French Telemonde "Poucet" was discovered
that uses the same cabinet and dial surround, but with 3 knobs and a different dial configuration and rear cover.
The reverse painted dial glass lists Middle East and European cities, and the back of the radio lists the specs in English and Hebrew.

(--Italy--) CGE

CGE Radio model Supergioiello 195, wood cabinet, top pushbuttons, Italy

CGE Supergioiello 195

(--Italy--) Magnadyne

Magnadyne Radio model S20, bakelite, 1954, Italy

Magnadyne model S20 (1954). A wild plaskon grill design surrounding an unusual double-dial.
Schematic (PDF)

(--Italy--) RadioMarelli

Radio Marelli model RD150, white plaskon cabinet, 50s, Italy

RadioMarelli Model RD150. An interesting design with inset volume and tuning control knobs, made of white plaskon, in Italy, probably in the early 1950s.
(Close-up of embossed logo and model number on the back)

(--Japan--) Nanaola

Nanaola Radio model 5M55 Piccolo, green cabinet, slanted dial, Japanese

The rare Nanaola model 5M-55 "Piccolo" was one of the last tube radios and featured both AM and Shortwave bands.
The wild design immediately caught my eye with the Jetson's styled cabinet and slanted dial.
As transistors took over the US tube market in the late '50s, Japan continued making tube radios into the early '60s.
Made for the Japanese market, it operates on 100vac, and was easily adapted to US 120vac,
by substituting out the 30A5 output tube with a 50 volt tube to drop the additional 20v.

(--Japan--) Channel Master

Channel Master Radio model 6511, transistor, green cabinet, 60s, Japanese

In the early '60s, Japan also made transistor radios.
The 6 transistor Channel Master model 6511 has "Jetson" style cabinet similarities to the Nanaola tube radio above.
These were imported into the US and are fairly common. It is a battery set, using 4 D-cell batteries.

(--Japan--) Mini tube radios

Japanese mini tube radios, pink, grey, blue

These tiny 1960s tube radios came in many colors with many grille and knob variations.
They were made for the US market with dozens of different names on them.

(--Russia--) Russian speaker "radios"

Russian Speaker, black bakelite, square with sun ray design Russian Decka speaker, black bakelite, round with sun ray design
Russian speaker "radios". These were not actually radios, as they could not be tuned, but were plugged into wired Russian government broadcasts.
Both black bakelite cabinets have great sunrise designs. The round one is very small, measuring just under 6 in (15cm).
Most Russian speaker models were intended to hang on the wall.

(--Spain--) Cradial

Cradial Radio Comet, Spain

Cradial Radio "Comet"

(--Spain--) Cradial

Cradial Radio Pulgarcito Super II, Spain

Cradial Radio Pulgarcito Super II
"The World's Smallest Tube Radio"

(--Spain--) Radio Madrid


A fabulous midget radio, only 6½ inches wide, with an incredible starburst design radiating from a reddish-orange reflective dial.
The white plaskon facade is surrounded by a dark bakelite cabinet. The unique knobs have pearlescent caps.

(--Spain--) Telefunken

Telefunken Radio model Bahia 1065U, brown bakelite, lyre design, 1950, Spain

Telefunken "Bahia" 1065U (1950)

(--Spain--) Telefunken

Telefunken Radio model Cariño U1465, bakelite, Spain

The Telefunken Cariño U1465 is a fairly small radio with fabulous curves. (schematic)

(--Spain--) Vica

Vica Radio model 400, oval wood cabinet with large round dial, Spain

The Vica 400 has a wood body with a wild white plaskon face and large round reverse-painted glass dial.

(--Spain--) Vilor

Vilor Radio model 800G, large wood frilly design, Spain

Vilor typ 800G
VILOR was an electronics company from a little town called Follos, near Valencia. The Vilor name is derived from Vicente López Rosat, the company's founder. The factory no longer exists.

(--Switzerland--) Paillard

Paillard Radio model 39, blue metal cabinet, magic tuning eye tube, 1938, 

Paillard was a Swiss company founded by Möise Paillard in 1814.
They began making music boxes and in 1898 they started producing their first cylinder gramaphones, the Echophone.
Then, in 1904 began building disc gramaphones. Through the years, they also made radios, clockwork motors,
Hermes typewriters and the well-made Bolex cameras to name a few.
Their popular "Hermes Baby" typewriter was engineered by Giuseppe Preziosa and was used by Hemmingway and Steinbeck.
Various radio manufacturers employed Paillard phonos into their Radio-Phonograph combo sets, including Sonora Radio.
In 1963 Paillard merged with Thorens to produce phonographs, but the merger only lasted 3 years.
Paillard was located in Yverdon, Switzerland and the reknowned Swiss craftsmanship was evident in all their production,
including this 1938 well-built 3-band radio, the model 39.
Beautifully designed with chrome bars and a blue finished metal cabinet.
Available with or without the tuning eye tube.

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