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September 26, 2011

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Gary

Nice find, Ed. Wow, that is a BIG portable radio.

Doug T.

Actually both Radio Shack and Lafayette Radio date back to the 1920s -- see their wikipedia entries:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RadioShack#The_first_40_years

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lafayette_Radio#History

Gary

I was thinking that the second ferrite bar might be for LW, but the catalog excerpt doesn't mention any LW band on this radio.

Ed S.

True Doug, but when I was cutting my teeth in electronics in the Sixties a Radio Shack store was harder to find than a piece of rocking horse manure, in my neighborhood anyway. Ratshacks only began to multiply in big numbers after Tandy purchased it. Its claim to fame, the Trash-80 PC, didn't appear until about 1980. By then Lafayette had bit the dust.

gerald the collector

my uncle has a stack of some old allied catalogs from the 60's and 70's and they are quite a nostalgic excursion! you could buy anything, i mean anthing electronic related from them. nice old radio ed. bet it has a big oval speaker and sound rich!

gerald the collector

oops didnt read thoroughly. duAL spaekers!

Ed S.

Yes, Gerald, you could buy anything---IF you had lots of low inflation dollars. I remember it would take me quite a while to buy an 8-buck Potter&Brumfield DPDT relay. And was there anyone alive in the 70's who drove a car who didn't own a CB radio made by Regency, Drake, Cobra, or Lafayette? My ebay ID is in fact my old "handle"--hifibase.

Angelo

Ed: Yep, in the mid-70s, as a kid, I got a CB for Christmas: The 23 channel "Cobra 21." I think my older brother still has it. I was "Alley Cat" and then "Silver Bullet."
I loved the read on this great old radio. One of my favorite radios is an Allied, a clone of the same model by Aircastle.

gerald the collector

handle--"rebelrouser" !

¾ Blind

The second ferrite bar might be for the SW1 band, 1.6-4.5 mHz.

I had a Royce base station, I-624 I think, Turner +3 mic, and Radio Shack 5/8 wave antenna. My CB handle was Robot. I am pleased to report I never used any cheesy sound effects. My speaking voice is naturally monotonic.

web design Landon

I was cutting my teeth in electronics in the Sixties a Radio Shack store was harder to find than a piece of rocking horse manure, in my neighborhood anyway...

Tom Welch

There was a store in downtown Pasadena, CA, that sold Lafayette equipment, say mid 1960s.

Ed S.

In case anyone is interested in purchasing my radio:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/300604132377?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Mike B.

I had the joy of owning this radio when I was in 9th grade; must have been a Christmas present. My earlier radio, also a Lafayette, hung at the head of my bed wired to two little, home-made speaker boxes hanging from the wall. (I was somewhat a geek even back then.) This, however, was my first FM radio and that was huge. Hearing the progressive music pouring out of WMMR-FM in Philly changed my life. It really did suck down those D cells, however. I remember going to a ship chandlery in Point Pleasant with my dad and buying an early version of alkaline battery that was sealed in plastic film. They were hugely expensive then; a few dollars each.

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