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Airline 62-158 Tombstone (1935)

Airline 62-158 Tombstone (1935)
Sold by Joe Millward on March 26, 2020
Listed price on date of sale - $429.00
Montgomery Ward started advertising radios in their catalog in 1921, selling radios from other companies. They started using the Airline name in 1923, selling one- to three-tube radios made by a company called TRESCO. They had "Airline" with a lightning bolt through it and Montgomery Ward "adopted" Airline as it own brand name, and changed the look of the logo. The rare 62-158 was a seven-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio that was manufactured by Wells-Gardner. The chassis was used in this model and a console version. It has plenty of volume, with great sensitivity across the unique dial. Wards was starting to use Art Deco design in their radios, and this one in particular hits a home run with its "skyscraper" design that defined the period. Blake went through the electronics replacing all of the capacitors. He checked the resistors and tubes and replaced where necessary. He installed a new power cord, safety fuse, and an audio cable. Gary stripped and refinished the radio to a "factory fresh" look with a wonderful lacquer finish. The radio retains it's original "copper ring" knobs. It's definitely one of the rarer Airline tombstones! 17"H x 16"W x 11"D.
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