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Arkansas Airwaves

Arkansas Airwaves

By Ray Poindexter. Here's a rare and very specialized self-published book covering the history of radio and television broadcasting in the state of Arkansas. Mr. Poindexter worked in broadcasting in the state post-WWII and brings unique, first-hand insights to the topic. Hardcover, 9 x 5.75, 421 pages. Book in excellent shape, dust jacket fine, exceptionally clean, no tears, minor shelf wear and bumping. $18.00. (9560038)

 

A Century of Progress - The General Electric Story

A Century of Progress - The General Electric Story

Four volumes in one! The whole history of GE from 1876 to 1978. This innovative company helped build the modern world through indispensable technology and space-age convenience and was (and is) one of the major players in the radio market. Chock full of great photos. Hardcover, 11.5 x 8.5, Approx. 400 pages. Book is in excellent condition, minor wear but no tears or problems with the nice glossy dust jacket. A great reference tome. $18.00. (9560045)

 

A History of the Marconi Company

A History of the Marconi Company

By W. J. Baker. Covers the whole history of this important manufacturer, delving at times into the science and engineering as well. Many photographs and diagrams. Originally published in 1970. 9.5 x 6.25, hardcover, 414 pages, ex-library copy from Fresno State College. In well-used but good condition, no dust jacket, stamping on page edges, spine intact and reasonably taut- an excellent reading copy. $10.00. (9560010)

 

Bang & Olufsen: From Vision to Legend

Bang & Olufsen: From Vision to Legend

Wow! This book is over-the-top in all ways: scope, beauty, and sheer size! This giant coffee table book covers the complete history of design innovators Bang & Olufsen, makers of high-end radios, stereo equipment, and more. Jam packed with big, gorgeous photos of everything they made from the 20s until today, plus lots of archival photos of the founders and workers, the factories and workshops, and much more. Radio collectors, history buffs, and fans of design all have much to enjoy here. Highest-quality printing on archival clay paper. This hardback book measures 12 x 9.75 inches, is almost 2 inches thick and weighs seven and a half pounds. Book is excellent, dust cover is intact but has some shelf wear and minor scuffing. Text is English. This book is rare and seems to have been an import in the United States. I've seen it selling for well over $100 from book dealers; get it from me for a lot less. $65.00. (9560044)

 

Charles Herrold, Inventor of Radio Broadcasting

Charles Herrold, Inventor of Radio Broadcasting

By Greb and Adams. Who was Charles Herrold, and why did he claim to be the father of broadcasting? Well, he went on the air in San Jose in 1909 and ran station KQW from 1912 to 1917, when the money ran out. The tale of this mostly-forgotten pioneer is meticulously researched by the authors, who finally shed light on a deserving soul. Softcover, 10 x 7, 247 pages. Many photos and diagrams. Minor shelf wear and edge wear, otherwise excellent copy with an uncreased spine. $17.00. (9560047)

 

Computer Circuit Projects You Can Build

Computer Circuit Projects You Can Build

By Lee Boschen. Published by Sams. An interesting project book with plans for building computer circuits and simple devices using vacuum tubes and many other things that are probably already in your junk boxes. Build a tachometer, magic lamp, stroboscope, rally computer, a simple electronic lock, and more. Some fun for a rainy day? Paperback, 8.5 x 5.5, 143 pages. Solid copy with shelf wear and corner bumps. $8.00. (9560031)

 

Duston's AC Radio Manual

Duston's AC Radio Manual

A neat period piece and still incredibly useful! Published at the time of the great switch-over from battery to AC sets, this book teaches you how to convert your battery set to AC power. Lots of diagrams and photos, plus vintage ads for tubes and equipment. The interior paper is excellent quality, almost like a lightweight glossy cover stock- still bright white after 90+ years. Paperbound, 10.5 x 7.5, 64 pages. Cover is detached, top quarter of spine split, wear and bumping, but complete and not missing anything. Pages very clean. $15.00. (9560040)

 

Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio

Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio

By Tom Lewis. Companion book to the PBS series. Biographies of de Forest, Armstrong, and Sarnoff. Beautifully-written and absorbing. Hardcover, 422 pages, 9.5 x 6.25, many interesting photos. Includes index, sources and notes. Dust jacket in excellent condition with only minor shelf wear, book in excellent overall shape. $12.00. (9560016)

 

FM Frequency Modulation

FM Frequency Modulation

By John F. Rider. The man who's helped us fix a million radios is here to tell us all about FM, how it works, and how to service it. Hardcover, 8.25 x 5.5, 142 pages. Many diagrams and schematics. Dust cover poor, missing chunks, faded on spine. Book is readable and complete. Old faint dampness stains on early and late pages. Mild "basement odor" which I am currently treating. $8.00. (9560030)

 

Fundamentals of Television - Second Edition

Fundamentals of Television - Second Edition

By Walter H. Buchsbaum. A good all-in-one teaching manual for servicing vintage televisions. Includes fold-out schematics and index. Paperback, 9 x 6, 280 pages. Well-used, cover intact but surface tears from removed adhesive tags, spine creases, cover splits at top, well-thumbed. A good bench copy that you can spill coffee and solvents on and not feel too bad about it. $6.00. (9560041)

 

Ginny Gordon and the Broadcast Mystery (1956)

Ginny Gordon and the Broadcast Mystery (1956)

How about some young adult radio fiction? Hardcover, plastic-coated. Covers are bright and intact, spine is rough with lots of chipping and peeling, interior pages nice but browning, two-color illustrations throughout. 282pp. $4.00. (9560002)

 

Guide to Old Radios: Pointers, Pictures, and Prices

Guide to Old Radios: Pointers, Pictures, and Prices

By David & Betty Johnson. A very good introduction to the hobby of radio collecting. A nice combination of history, collecting tips, and model lists. Many reproduction ads and photos, some in color. Softcover, 10 x 7, 225 pages. Good used condition, wear and thumbing, tight spine, pencil notes in some margins. $10.00. (9560051)

 

Lee deForest - King of Radio, Television, and Film

Lee deForest - King of Radio, Television, and Film

By Mike Adams. Excellent biography of Lee deForest, famous not only for his vacuum tube innovations but for his invention of the technology that gave sound to motion pictures (and which the film industry ignored for years, before awarding deForest an Oscar in 1959.) Extensive illustrations, notes, and appendices full of dozens of images of original deForest correspondence and his hand-drawn diagrams. Paperback, 9.25 x 6, a beefy 552 pages. Spine tight and uncreased. Shallow crease on cover, minor shelf wear, some corner bumps and other imperfections, but a very solid used copy. $16.00. (9560021)

 

Men and Volts at War: The Story of General Electric in World War II

Men and Volts at War: The Story of General Electric in World War II

By John Anderson Miller. Fascinating account of GE's contributions to Allied victory in WWII. Published in 1947. Hardcover, 9.25 x 6.25, 272 pages. No dust jacket, book is in good shape, minor wear to boards and spine, corners bumped, good reading and reference copy. $12.00. (9560026)

 

Men and Volts: The Story of General Electric

Men and Volts: The Story of General Electric

By John Winthrop Hammond. The history of this giant and diverse corporation that shaped American life. Published in 1941. Hardcover, 9.25 x 6.25, 436 pages, printed on high-quality rag paper. No dust jacket, book is in excellent shape, clean boards, tight spine, minimal sun fading. $16.00. (9560027)

 

My Father Marconi

My Father Marconi

By Degna Marconi. An intimate biography of the "Father of Wireless" by one who knew him best- his eldest daughter. From boyhood in Italy to scientific triumph to scandal and struggle in the corporate world, this is the complete story of a fascinating man. Includes a dozen pages of rare family photos. Hardcover, 8.5 x 6, 320 pages. Book is in excellent condition. Dust jacket is fair with splits and a tear on the back, but complete. $16.00. (9560046)

 

Nikola Tesla: Lectures, Articles, Colorado Springs Notes 1899-1900 (3-Book Set)

Nikola Tesla: Lectures, Articles, Colorado Springs Notes 1899-1900 (3-Book Set)

It's one thing to read a biography of an innovator; quite another to read them in their own words, straight from their articles, lectures, and experimental notebooks! Plenty of diagrams and notes, and a fascinating look into the thought process of a true genius. Hardcovers, 9.5 x 6.75, 1300 pages in total. Near-mint condition for all three books with no significant wear. $48.00. (9560050)

 

Old Time Radios! Restoration and Repair

Old Time Radios! Restoration and Repair

By Joseph J. Carr. Perhaps the best of the "all-in-one" restoration guides for vintage radio; covers history, theory, operation of the various components, repair techniques, troubleshooting, alignment, cleaning, and more. Includes handy appendices like resistor color codes. Indexed. 256 pages, paperback, 9.25 x 7.25. Good used condition, bumped corners, shelf wear. Spine tight and smooth. $10.00. (9560014)

 

Out of the Air

Out of the Air

By Mary Margaret McBride. Autobiography by the woman who basically invented modern interview journalism on her long-running radio shows. Sitting down with your subject for a conversation might seem commonplace in this age of NPR-style interviewing, but McBride was rocking the boat in an age where the reporter used to stand back with a notebook or a microphone and pepper the subject with questions. In her career, she interviewed everyone from senators to farmhands, nutty inventors to Elizabeth Taylor, in a quiet and welcoming manner that allowed them to tell their whole stories. Now, you can read hers. Hardcover, 8.5 x 5.5, 384 pages, photo section in center. Significant shelf wear and rubbing to dust jacket, book itself is in good shape, solid and complete. $10.00. (9560053)

 

Philco Radio 1928-42

Philco Radio 1928-42

By Ron Ramirez. The ultimate guide to the pre-war Philco line of radios! Lavishly illustrated with both original ad photos in b&w and contemporary photos in color. Includes other goodies like vintage ads, an intro and notes for each model year, a tube lineup / layout guide, price guide, and yearly model index. No serious collector should be without it! Paperback, 8.5 x 11, excellent condition, mild sun fading on spine. Otherwise like new. 192 pages, revised 2nd edition. $24.00. (9560006)

 

Radio Engineering, by Terman, 2nd Ed. (1937)

Radio Engineering, by Terman, 2nd Ed. (1937)

The famous book by Frederick E. Terman that launched a thousand careers in radio! Rather technical but fascinating stuff on receivers, amplifiers, antennas, etc. Great section on radio transmitting with great photos of period transmitters. Nice clean copy, solid binding, hardcover. 813pp. $10.00. (9560001)

 

Radio Up to the Minute

Radio Up to the Minute

By Irwin and Nilson. Published in 1924, this is a fun introduction to radio of the time. Includes history, lots on vacuum tubes, a glossary, question-and-answer section, and big sections on the Neutrodyne circuit and some darn thing called a superheterodyne. Hardcover, 7.5 x 5.25, 326 pages, many interesting photos and diagrams. No dust jacket, book is in really nice shape, tight binding and good covers with minimal wear, minor corner bumping. $9.00. (9560020)

 

Saga of the Vacuum Tube

Saga of the Vacuum Tube

By Gerald F. J. Tyne. This unique treasure of a book, a complete history of the development of the vacuum tube through 1930, is the result of decades of research by Mr. Tyne, who worked at Bell Labs and wrote the core of this book as a series of articles for Radio News in the mid-40s. He expanded upon these, traveling the world and befriending many of the giants who made the vacuum tube possible. Chock full of nuanced and technical info, tons of photos and drawings, and interesting tidbits available nowhere else. Paperback, 8.5 x 5.5, 494 pages. Near-mint front cover, spine has one tight crease, minor rubbing on back cover. $14.00. (9560018)

 

The Compleat Talking Machine

The Compleat Talking Machine

By Eric L. Reiss. If you collect antique phonographs or are just interested in them, this book belongs on your shelf. A guide to the operation and repair of phonographs, troubleshooting, plus history, photos, personalities, and more. Softcover, 11 x 8.5, 249 pages, third edition. Cover curling up and rough on edges, minor shelf wear, spine tight, pages clean and pristine. $16.00. (9560039)

 

The Continuous Wave: Technology and American Radio, 1900-1932

The Continuous Wave: Technology and American Radio, 1900-1932

By Hugh G. J. Aitken. A scholarly but very readable accounting of the major innovations in the early days of radio and their impact on industry, the technology industry, and government. Hardcover, 588 pages, 9.5 x 6.25. Indexed and appendices. Dust jacket in fair condition, shelf wear, scuffing and small tears on spine edges. Book binding is tight and the book itself is in excellent overall shape. This book is out of print and scarce. Published in 1985 by Princeton University Press. $38.00. (9560017)

 

The "I Love Lucy" Book

The "I Love Lucy" Book

By Bart Andrews. The ultimate guide to one of TV's most beloved comedy shows, and its leading lady. A complete history of the show's development, a comprehensive episode guide with synopses, tons of great photos, index, and more. Paperback, 9 x 6, 422 pages. Spine tight and uncreased, minor shelf wear, sun fading on spine, excellent overall condition. $8.00. (9560022)

 

The Oscillator At Work

The Oscillator At Work

By John F. Rider. The man who brought us the big blue books takes us through a thorough examination of oscillators, how they work in principle and in radio circuits. Hardcover, 8.25 x 5.5, 243 pages. Many diagrams and schematics. Dust cover poor, splitting along seams, missing chunks. Book is good and readable and complete. $12.00. (9560029)

 

The Portable Radio in American Life

The Portable Radio in American Life

By Michael Brian Schiffer. Radio was obviously an important invention. What made it more was the development of the portable radio, which allowed people to take it everywhere and make music, news, and sports broadcasts a ubiquitous part of American life and traditions. This history covers the first attempts at portables through the 1960s. Lots of photos and ads. Hardcover, 11.25 x 8.5, 260 pages. Dust cover has minor curling at the edges, but no rips. Book is tight and solid. A very nice copy. $16.00. (9560054)

 

The Radio Amateur's Handbook, 37th edition, 1960

The Radio Amateur's Handbook, 37th edition, 1960

Published by ARRL. The ultimate guide for HAM radio. Worth it just for the plethora of interesting vintage ads in the back, or the vacuum tube data and pin diagrams. Paperback, 9.5 x 6.5, approx. 700 pages. Spine tight, cover corners bent. Top inch of final index page ripped out, mainly margin, but affecting maybe four entries (someone needed a paper scrap to write something on.) Otherwise complete and solid. $8.00. (9560009)

 

The Weekend Refinisher

The Weekend Refinisher

By Bruce Johnson. This was the first resource I used when I needed info on how to repair, tighten up, and refinish radio cabinets, and it worked great, as it will for any other type of wooden furniture. The practical advice on stripping old finishes alone is worth the price of admission. Paperback, 9.25 x 7.25, 296 pages. Used but excellent overall condition. $6.00. (9560043)

 

Tube Substitution Handbook (1970 Edition)

Tube Substitution Handbook (1970 Edition)

One of the essential volumes for any radio hobbyist! Published by the same folks who brought you Sam's Photofacts. Contains sections on radio tubes, TV tubes, communications tubes, and a section on American-foreign substitutions. Decent used condition, sun-faded spine, binding solid. 96 pages. 8-1/2H" x 5-1/2"W. $4.00. (9560004)

 

Tube Substitution Handbook (1973 Pocket Edition)

Tube Substitution Handbook (1973 Pocket Edition)

Handy for the hobbyist and collector! Published by the same folks who brought you Sam's Photofacts. Contains sections on radio tubes, TV tubes, communications tubes, and a section on American-foreign substitutions. Decent used condition,some wear as shown, binding solid. 96 pages. This is the shirt-pocket size edition and is only 5-1/2"H x 3-1/2"W. $4.00. (9560005)

 

Tube: The Invention of Television

Tube: The Invention of Television

By Fisher and Fisher. The complete history of the appliance that has unarguably changed our lives more than any other, from the dawn of the idea to the beginnings of HDTV, entertainingly told in layman's terms. Hardcover, 428 pages, 9.25 x 6.25. Includes index, notes, and timeline. Dust jacket in excellent condition, book in excellent shape, very gently used. $12.00. (9560015)

 

Ugly's Electrical References 2014

Ugly's Electrical References 2014

A very handy guide for your radio workbench, or for any kind of electrical repair work or just personal knowledge. Pretty much every equation, chart, diagram and reference you'll need for electrical calculations. Softcover, 6" x 4", 193 pages, spiral-bound to lay flat on your bench. Like new condition. $6.00. (9560052)

 

Vintage Radio 1887-1929

Vintage Radio 1887-1929

By Morgan E. McMahon. The first 40-odd years of radio development, told in pictures and reprinted vintage ads. Organized by type of equipment and manufacturer. A great resource for IDing early equipment as well as learning the history of early radio. Includes appendices on collecting, age guide by serial number, and a list of radios by manufacturer. Paperback, 8.25 x 5.25, 264 pages. Light spine creasing, spine slightly rolled, otherwise a good solid copy. $12.00. (9560028)

 

Wake of the Wirelessman

Wake of the Wirelessman

By B.J. Clemons. The incredible true story of Dale Clemons, a wireless operator on the S.S. Vigo, an armed merchant ship of WWI. Wartime adventure and trials by fire in an age when wireless was coming into its own. Paperback, 9 x 6, 266 pages. Brand-new. $12.00. (9560019)

 

Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla

Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla

By Marc J. Seifer. Tesla, more than any other innovator, is a strange case of a recent historical figure whose life and work have been obfuscated by speculation, rumor, and myth. The "Patron Saint of Modern Electricity" gets his due here in a deep and well-researched biography. The truth can be as wondrous and strange as any fiction. Includes two sections of photos and period ads. Softcover, 9 x 6, 542 pages. Excellent copy with minor edge chafing and minimal shelf wear. $12.00. (9560049)
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