Info:whiskey bottle radio (tube)

Info:whiskey bottle radio (tube)

Post by Stev » Tue, 09 Jul 2002 05:39:53



Hi Gang,
At a local flea market today I stumbled across a
whiskey bottle radio. It uses tubes (4), and was probably
built in the 1940's.

I've seen a couple of these for sale at radio swaps in
the past, but have no idea who made these. I cannot find
any clue on the radio itself.

The bottle label says "Calvert blended whiskey". The bottom
of the bottle is mounted on a brown bakelite (?) base.
Speaker mounted in the base.
Tuning and volume controls are at the top of the bottle.

If anyone out there has one and can shed some light on
the latest addition to my collection, I'd sure like
to hear from you!

                                    Steve W6SSP

 
 
 

Info:whiskey bottle radio (tube)

Post by Mike Schult » Tue, 09 Jul 2002 07:14:56


I have one of these.  It was made by the Radio Development and Research
Corporation, of Jersey City, NJ.  It was known as the "Magic Tone Radio".
The original label was printed on the bottle (silk screened, probably), and
it was done with a water soluble type of paint that will be destroyed by any
serious attempt to clean it.  Many of the ones I have seen have had
incorrect paper labels glued to the bottle, and that sounds like what you
got.  Off hand, I don't know of anyone making repros of the original labels.

You can see mine at:

http://www.uv201.com/Radio_Pages/magictone.htm

--
Mike Schultz (My humble website http://uv201.com)

Quote:

> Hi Gang,
> At a local flea market today I stumbled across a
> whiskey bottle radio. It uses tubes (4), and was probably
> built in the 1940's.

> I've seen a couple of these for sale at radio swaps in
> the past, but have no idea who made these. I cannot find
> any clue on the radio itself.

> The bottle label says "Calvert blended whiskey". The bottom
> of the bottle is mounted on a brown bakelite (?) base.
> Speaker mounted in the base.
> Tuning and volume controls are at the top of the bottle.

> If anyone out there has one and can shed some light on
> the latest addition to my collection, I'd sure like
> to hear from you!

>                                     Steve W6SSP