Hallicrafters Company, est. 1932

Museum Artifact: Hallicrafters Model 5R34A Continental Radio, 1952

Made By: Hallicrafters Company, 4401 W. Fifth Ave., Chicago, IL

“For radio equipment that won’t be satisfied with the limits of the pre-war world, for radio that will go places and do things hitherto undreamed of and uncharted—look to Hallicrafters, builders of the radio man’s radio.”—Hallicrafters magazine advertisement, 1944

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Admiral Corp., est. 1934

Museum Artifact: Admiral Deluxe Table Radio, 1955

Made by: Admiral Corp., 3800 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL

“Here’s a radio you’ll get a tremendous thrill out of owning! So smart, with its golden-mesh metal grille and dial . . . so contrasting in choice of Ivory, Beige, Green or Mahogany cabinet colors. So low-priced for the performance it gives! This is the new radio you have been looking for!”

J. P. Seeburg Corp., est. 1902

Museum Artifact: Seeburg Music System “Wall-O-Matic” Selector Jukebox, Type WI-L56, c. 1947

Made By: J. P. Seeburg Corp., 1500 N. Dayton St., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Rock-Ola MFG Corp., est. 1927

Museum Artifact: Rock-Ola Hi-Fidelity 120 Wall Box, 1953

Made By: Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corp., 800 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL

It’s one of the quintessential brand names of American pop culture. Rock-Ola—a word that celebrates and encapsulates both the rock n’ roll explosion of the jukebox’s 1950s golden age and the historic roots of the classic “Victrola” talking machines.

General Television & Radio Corp., est. 1932

Museum Artifact: General Tube Radio 19A5, c. 1947

Made By: General Television & Radio Corp., 2701 N. Lehmann Ct., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Zenith Radio Corporation, est. 1918

Museum Artifact: Zenith Super-Triumph Tube Radio, 1951

Made By: Zenith Radio Corporation, 6001 W. Dickens Ave., Chicago, IL

“You’ve had your last tussle with howling radio static once you tune in this terrific performer,” raved an original advertisement for our museum artifact: a 1951 Zenith “Super Triumph” table radio. “Reaching far beyond the usual FM range, it brings you news, sports, music and market reports where AM and many FM sets are practically useless.

Motorola Inc., est. 1928

Museum Artifact: Motorola Volumatic AM Car Radio, 1956

Made By: Motorola Inc. / Galvin MFG Corp., 4545 W. Augusta Blvd., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

Portable Tube Radio Model 5P31A by Motorola Inc., 1957

Motorola Inc. / Galvin MFG Corp., 4545 W. Augusta Blvd., Chicago, IL

Research is underway on this one and a full write-up will be coming soon.

 

Archived Reader Comments:

“This radio is a Motorola Roto-tenna portable radio, Corsair model 5P31A, circa 1957.  The case is metal, covered in Grey Tweed Miracle Fabric; with maroon plastic trim.  The rotating handle, an exclusive Motorola design,