The M31 gallery of... American Classics !

1959/60 Philco T-51:

4 5/8"H x 3 1/8"W x 1 7/8"D

The scan of this radio is awful -- in reality the T-51's cabinet has a blue-gray back half and a white front half with a clear plastic tuning dial and silver foil lettering and numbers. And as with the two Silvertones on the preceeding page, an appreciation of the T-51's cabinet design is probably an acquired taste for most people. Nothing fancy here! But then nothing ugly here, either -- just a modest design lacking jet wings or atomic orbits or any other gratuitous nods to "progress."

I found this particular T-51 in its box with papers in 1993. It was lying on the bottom shelf of a glass display cabinet in a hardware store in Bath, Maine, where it very likely had awaited a buyer for more than thirty years. It cost me $5.

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2007 by Robert Davidson,

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Bookish Crosley
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the first 2 RCAs
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Motorola 56T1
Emerson 849
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Raytheon T-100
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2 Silvertone
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Philco T-51
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West. "Bowtie"
The Late Great
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GE can't get
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3 Silvertone
.. shirtpockets

3 Philco
.. shirtpockets

a "Boomerang"
.. by Bulova

2 Arvin
.. shirtpockets

.. Mamma

.. "Super Seven"

2 Silvertone
.. coatpockets

Bulova "Super 6"
.. small beauty


2 Silvertone

Zenith Royal 50
..shtpkt series

Motorola's first
..Japanese set

two Motorola

Futura "earphone
.. only" shtpkt


'57 GE 715

..'64 Time Capsule

..'64 Time Capsule 2...

..'64 Time Capsule 3...

teeny Admiral

Wards Airline

1960 Arvin

teeny Bulova

Bulova watch


two Philco
..Japanese shtpkts

RCA shirtpocket