Vintage radios from France will operate on 120 volt, making them more appealing to American collectors.
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Ducretet model L2323 from 1953. A very appealing midget radio occasionally found
in white plaskon, with only a few known to exist in this turquoise color. A damaged red one recently surfaced.
The 1953 Marconi "Baby" 41 is equivalent to the Pathe "Lutin" ("Goblin" or "Leprechaun") 451 and is a 4-tube midget radio with top slide-rule dial and recessed side thumbwheel knobs.
Adorned with an elf playing a flute (?). Interesting little radio made
from three separate pieces; the front and back halves, and the base. The bottom
label shows the radio's specifications.
made in France 1951, made of white plaskon with a gold sun-ray grille over
red grille cloth and clear knobs with gold trim, or brown bakelite with a clear grille. 5 tubes; UCH42, UF41, UBC41, UL41, UY41.
Turned on, the dial and Radiola logo have a beautiful mesmerizing glow. One of my all-time favorite radio designs.
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A beautifully marbled, 3-band, TV-dial "Super Groom" made in 1941. Sometimes found with various pin-stripe colors and knobs, or in solid brown bakelite. This radio is identical to the German Braun F56GW, other than the dial glass markings.
It used 5 tubes; 6E8G, 6K7, 6Q7, 25L6 and 25Z6.
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This Radialva was called the "Brio" and was made ca. 1950. It's top and bottom halves are made of metal, painted with a
snakeskin textured surface, with a fancy plastic dial surround, plaskon knobs and trimmed with white rubber stripes.
"SuperClips", miniature (only 8"wide, 5"high), made of 3 separate plaskon
pieces and metal top grille. Click Here for a close-up.
Here is a Schematic for the Superclips.
The model Super AS50 with the red plaskon grill and matching knobs and the AS53 with a beautifully marbled cabinet
were made in the early '50s.
The AS53 is the only French radio I have ever seen made with a beetle plastic.
(360 degree view)
great design with illuminated side columns, center green tuning "eye",
faux snake-skin trim next to the center nameplate and a mirrored dial,
just to mention some of the interesting features. Made from
of metal, wood, plastic and glass.
Model Excelsior 55,
an absolutely wild design, made in France by SNR (Societe Nouvelle Radio
- Electrique). AM and Shortwave, "magic eye"
tube, dual mirrored dials, reverse painted plastic grille with painted
metal cabinet, 1954. The radio measures 22 inches wide, 15 1/2 inches tall and 7 inches deep.
The Greek temple inspired design with
Corinthian illuminated glass pillars
accentuate the art deco styling
of this stunning, marbled bakelite Sonora T37.
An impressive radio standing nearly 17" tall. Made in 1936.
The iconic French Sonora model 302 was made
in a large brown bakelite cabinet with chrome trim and a mirrored dial and a tuning eye.
The model 301 was a version that did not include the tuning eye. They were made in 1949.
Many reproductions of the radio have been made in different sizes in recent years.
301 schematic,302 schematic