Burke wins auction, takes home 1920′s Stromberg-Carlson

by Shane Iverson on October 8, 2013

IMG_2747There’s not many of them left, a late 1920′s, Stromberg-Carlson 225H, shortwave/AM radio. The item was completely refurbished and donated by KYUK’s Chief Engineer Joe Seibert. Siebert has replaced all the vacuum tubes, the capacitors and cleaned the wiring. He even the found and replaced the golden speaker cloth.

“It is fully operational and has been restored to original specifications,” says Seibert. “The only thing not original about this radio is the 1/4″ headphone jack that was added to the lower right side of the cabinet.”

The 225H was manufactured beginning in 1928 thru 1936. The serial number for this specific radio indicates it was made in the late 1920′s. It’s a five vacuum tube radio that was designed for primarily for short-wave reception but also includes the standard AM broadcast band.

The cabinet has an art deco shape & style with dark alternating exotic wood with a veneer finish & inlay.What makes this radio extremely rare is that it includes a black lacquer deco grill that is used to accent the speaker in the front. The speaker cover is cloth and the original knobs are walnut. The dial face is lit by incandescent lamps and is hand painted.

The estimated value for this radio is over $1,000, but the highest bidder, Casey Burke took it home for $500 on Tuesday, October 8.

Additional History of the Stromberg-Carlson 225H:

In 1894 when Alexander Bell’s telephone patent expired, two employees of the Chicago-based firm of AT&T each invested $500 to form a company to competitively sell telephone sets. In 1904 the new company, Stromberg-Carlson, was sold to Home Telephone Company in Rochester, New York. In the 1920′s they became involved in the broadcast industry. Not only did they build radio receivers, they also acquired WHAM which was a high power AM station also located in Rochester, New York. WHAM was the “Voice of New England” and could be received as far away at St. Louis. Stromberg-Carlson was considered a broadcast pioneer. In 1939 they constructed and operated what is considered to be the first FM station, WBZA.

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