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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)

 

Ballast Tube Handbook

Ballast Tube Handbook

Compiled by A.P. Jacobi. The ultimate reference guide to ballast tubes: numbers, stats, and notes, all neatly laid out, and cross-referenced with Rider. Usage notes, comprehensive substitution guide, base diagrams. 126 pages, spiral-bound. 1991 edition compiled by Antique Electronic supply. Excellent condition. $9.00. (9560073)

 

Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen

By Tim & Nick Jarman. Part of the Crowood Collectors Series. A nice hardcover coffee table book in a compact size (8" x 10") printed on heavy clay paper. Lots of excellent photos, of course. Text covers the whole of the company's history, but starts in earnest in the 1960s with their transistorized offerings and bold, exciting designs. 224 pages, excellent condition, dust cover with only the most minimal wear and no tears. Originally published at $55... my price is much lower! $24.00. (9560072)

 

Bendix Red Bank Tubes, a Brief History of

Bendix Red Bank Tubes, a Brief History of

By Charles Hansen. An account of the Bendix Corporation's "ruggedized" Red Bank tubes used in military applications, written by a fellow who worked for the company and whose father developed a lot of the tooling for the Red Bank tubes. Includes insider history, spec sheets, data sheets, photos, original industry ads and lots more cool stuff to enjoy. First edition, 2006, 8-1/2" x 11" squarebound softcover, 80+ pages, in near-mint condition. $25 cover price, scarce. $18.00. (9560077)

 

Bret's Antique Radio Restoration Vol 3 DVD

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Bret's Antique Radio Restoration Vol 3 DVD

Bret's Old Radios Presents: Antique Radio Restoration, Volume 3: Plastic Cabinet Repair and Refinishing DVD. Guide books are fine and helpful, but it's even better if you can see the process as it's being explained. This 120 minute video provides loads of great tips and tricks. Region 1 DVD. Comes with printed supplies list. I have three of these for sale, so the ad will stay up until the last is sold. Will ship via media mail for the best savings. $8.00. (9560082)

 

Bret's Antique Radio Restoration Vol 4 DVD

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Bret's Antique Radio Restoration Vol 4 DVD

Bret's Old Radios Presents: Antique Radio Restoration, Volume 4: Wood Cabinet Repair and Refinishing DVD. Guide books are fine and helpful, but it's even better if you can see the process as it's being explained. This 108 minute video provides loads of great tips and tricks. Comes with printed supply list. Region 1 DVD. Will ship via media mail for the best savings. $8.00. (9560081)

 

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. $12.00. (9560047)

 

Communications Receivers the Vacuum Tube Era 1932-1981

Communications Receivers the Vacuum Tube Era 1932-1981

By Raymond S Moore. 4th Edition. Comprehensive guide including photos, specs, stats, and company histories for manufacturers, including a whole bunch of obscure makers. 4th Edition, published by RSM communications in Key Largo. 8-1/2" x 11", 136 page softcover in excellent condition. $15.00. (9560076)

 

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)

 

Fifty Fabulous Years - A Personal Review

Fifty Fabulous Years - A Personal Review

By H.V. Kaltenborn. "The Dean of radio commentators gives an entertaining and stimulating account of a life rich with first-hand experiences of men and events." Managing editor of the Brooklyn Eagle from 1910-30, CBS and NBC correspondent, world traveler and interviewer of everyone from common men to world leaders, Kaltenborn shares his stories in this 1950 book. Hardcover, 312 pages, indexed, many photos. Book in good condition, Dust jacket intact but with stress and minor chipping at folds. A solid copy. $10.00. (9560079)

 

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)

 

Ham Radio for Dummies

Ham Radio for Dummies

By Ward Silver. An easy and fun intro to the world of ham radio. Teach yourself, or give it to your friend/significant other so they can learn what the heck you're up to in your shack/basement. Softcover, 360 pages, good overall condition with only light wear. $12.00. (9560070)

 

How to Use Signal & Sweep Generators

How to Use Signal & Sweep Generators

By J. Richard Johnson. A Rider publication. The title says it all. Many diagrams and examples. Paperback, 137 pages, good overall condition, mild wear, tight spine. $6.00. (9560071)

 

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. $12.00. (9560021)

 

Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination

Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination

By Susan J. Douglas, PhD, Professor of Communications Studies at the University of Michigan. "...from Amos 'n' Andy and Edward R. Murrow to Wolfman Jack and Howard Stern." Well-researched and a great summer read, covering the whole history of popular radio and its effects on American psychology and society. Hardcover, 416 pages, indexed, fine condition with minor bumps and good dust jacket with only minor damage and no sun fading. $12.00. (9560078)

 

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)

 

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. $18.00. (9560006)

 

Radios by Hallicrafters with Price Guide

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Radios by Hallicrafters with Price Guide

By Chuck Dachis, published as part of the Schiffer Book for Collectors series. A really excellent guide to the products of Hallicrafters, with plenty of pictures and info, including ads and ephemera in the back. 1996, paperback, 220 pages, indexed. Good condition, with some wear and bumps. Will ship via media mail for the best savings. $20.00. (9560080)

 

Radio Hook-Ups

Radio Hook-Ups

By M.B. Sleeper. Sadly, not a book on finding dates for radio enthusiasts, but the next-best thing: a book of circuits for radio experimenting/building, each with a number, text explanation, and accompanying schematic. Published in 1922. Great for building your own projects or just taking a dive into what radio was like in its earliest days, just before the commercial boom. Paperback, 70 pages plus ads and resources in the back, good-minus condition with moderate wear. $6.00. (9560067)

 

Radio Patrol: Trailing the Safeblowers

Radio Patrol: Trailing the Safeblowers

By Sullivan and Schmidt. From 1937. A Big-Little Book. Every page of text has an accompanying illustration in lovely newspaper strip style. Young Pinky is on patrol with policeman pal Pat and they take down the bad guys using the power of radio, of course. Great fun! Cover is rough with the chipping and wear you'd expect from a cheaply-printed pulp but the cover is firmly attached. Magic marker garage sale price on cover and spine. Pages are browning but are not brittle. Complete and ready for a read! $9.00. (9560058)

 

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)

 

Rider XXI

Rider XXI

It's Rider 21, one of the rarer birds at the tail end of the series. Complete, shopworn binding, chipping at top, interior pages intact and in good shape. $25.00. (9560055)

 

Rider XXII

Rider XXII

Even rarer is volume 22. Somewhat worn from use but no major defects, interior pages intact and ready to use. A solid copy and scarce. $50.00. (9560056)

 

Rider XXIII

Rider XXIII

The rarest of all, here it is, Volume 23. This one had a low print run and the operation was shuttered as Sam's took over the repair data business from here on out. Nice copy, in good cosmetic shape with expected shop wear, interior pages intact. Complete your set! $65.00. (9560057)

 

E.H. Scott Radio Collectors Guide

E.H. Scott Radio Collectors Guide

By Jim Clark, first president of the Michigan Antique Radio Club and noted E.H. Scott expert. Covers the years 1925-1946: receivers, cabinets, accessories, and more. Large, nice photo reproductions plus info and notes. Spiral-bound, excellent shape. $12.00. (9560069)

 

Television Receiver Tube Complement Book

Television Receiver Tube Complement Book

By Sylvania Electric. It's happened to all of us- you have a TV in the shop and there are tubes missing or you suspect the wrong ones are in it and you don't have the schematic. Never fear, grab this book right here. Look up the model number and find the tubes, or look under the model name and find the tube complement that matches what you've got in front of you to find a model number. Useful and interesting as well. Published in 1950. 80 pages, shelf-worn but intact, spine tight, pages in great shape. $6.00. (9560064)

 

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. $24.00. (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 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 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)

 

Transistor Servicing Made Easy

Transistor Servicing Made Easy

By Leonard Lane. Two-volume, easy-to-understand yet thorough course on servicing transistor devices. Two volumes, cloth hardbacks in a slip case. Slip case has stains (machine oil?) at the bottom. No stains on the books, which are moderately used but in solid condition. 320 pages total, indexed, lots of diagrams. $9.00. (9560066)

 

Transistor Substitution Handbook

Transistor Substitution Handbook

By the Sams Engineering Staff. Doing a repair but don't have the right transistor at hand? Grab this handy guide to see what else might work in the circuit. 1967 edition. 127 pages. Shop and shelf wear, tight flat spine, interior pages excellent. $5.00. (9560065)

 

Transmitters Exciters and Power Amplifiers 1930-1980

Transmitters Exciters and Power Amplifiers 1930-1980

By Raymond S Moore. A meticulous compilation of truly hard-to-find information on radio transmitter equipment covering fifty years. Photos, descriptions, tube complements, prices when new, and commentary on hundreds of different units. Softcover, 8-1/2" x 11", 144 pages, in excellent shape. Somewhat scarce. Published by RSM Communications in Key Largo, first printing, 1996. $20.00. (9560075)

 

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)

 

Up Late With Joe Franklin

Up Late With Joe Franklin

By Joe Franklin with R.J. Marx. "Stories of the greats, the near-greats, the ingrates, the has-been and the never-weres." Starting off in radio and then spending 43 years as a TV talk show host, Joe Franklin interviewed over 300,000 people. Here's the behind-the-scenes stories, told by the man himself. Hardcover, well-read, dust jacket good with shelf wear, inscriptions on flyleaf and inside back cover. 270 pages. $8.00. (9560063)

 

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)

 

Voices in the Air: The Fascination of Radio

Voices in the Air: The Fascination of Radio

By Robert Bonebrake. This one is pretty interesting- an account of how the author discovered and got into the amateur radio hobby beginning in 1938, with notes along the way as to how the reader might follow in his footsteps. A personal journey sure to illuminate a different time and bring back some nostalgia. Excellent lightly used condition, spine intact and tight. 174 pages. $7.00. (9560060)

 

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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