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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 8:20:03 AM on 21 January 2014.
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 Location: Kingsford, NSW
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This started with one radio, the Music Master as we had one when I was growing up. Would also like to get a La Gloria radio gram as played all the family records yes 78s as well as a kid. Now I have the radio bug I am trying to limit to just collecting New Zealand made radios. Courtenay, Columbus, Well - Mayde and the like. But am sure others will creep into the collection.

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On display, 1954 Bell Colt Blue dial, 1954 Music Master, 1954 Clipper Red dial, 1953 Mullard, 1936 Courtenay Tombstone, 1938 Courtenay, 1946 Pacific.


 
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 Location: Oradell, US
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Be careful, radios breed like rabbits... Smile Which Australians found out was really bad news....



I have a New Zealand radio, a Philco:


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 10:45:31 PM on 24 January 2014.
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 Location: Kingsford, NSW
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Nice Philco Wasn't sure if they were NZ but you jogged my memory.Philco became Phillips?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 10:51:30 PM on 24 January 2014.
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 Location: Kingsford, NSW
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Yes they are breeding like rabbits. New additions already.
1950s restored Astor radiogram, 2 Well- Mayde 1931-32 radios. 1 kriesler triple throat & another Pacific joining my stable. I will be moving into the fridge soon as running out of room


 
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Philco became Phillips?

By a circuitous route. Philips is a very old Dutch company (founded May 15, 1891).

Philco is an American brand which, in this case, was manufactured under licence by a Kiwi company, as documented by Radiomuseum:

Name: Dominion Radio & Electrical Corp. Ltd (Dreco), Philco; Auckland (NZ)

Summary: The Dominion Radio & Electrical Corp. Ltd (Dreco) of Auckland was founded to manufacture Philco branded radios following the cessation of imports from the USA. They also manufactured radios, radiograms and television sets with the "La Gloria", "Majestic", "Dreco" and "Picturama" brands.

Founded: 1938
Closed: 1974
Radio production: 1938 - 1974

History:

The Dominion Radio & Electrical Corp. Ltd of Auckland was founded in 1938 to manufacture "Philco" radios. They started in a very small way, occupying an old house in Wellesley Street, Auckland, employing but eight people. Within a couple of years, production had moved to a factory in Newmarket, Auckland. In 1955 the move was made to a new factory in Otahuhu, Auckland. At this time, the brand "La Gloria" was introduced. The production of "Philco" brand radios greatly decreased after this time and ended in 1961, to be replaced by the "Majestic" brand.
Dreco merged with Bell Radio-Television Corp. in 1974.

Philco, (founded in 1892 as Helios Electric Company, renamed Philadelphia Storage Battery Company) was a pioneer in battery, radio, and television production. Philco was taken over and under a number of acquisitions over the years the brand became the property of Philips in 1981.


 
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 5:10:27 PM on 29 September 2014.
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 Location: Donald, VIC
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It is a disease I started with a 1957 plastic Astor in 1990 cost me $8, by 1996 I had amassed 3,400 radios, complete ones , 1996 / 97 I let a lot go, but the bug its too deep , you keep going back in , by 2001 I had owned 4,813 .

Time to stop! but you can't help yourself , by 2007 I was up past 5000, and to the present day ive had a total over 5,230 that I have owned and moved on ... I own 1 radio now ............that's my lot !

Oh yes its a drug, I recall 1996 to 99 in those years I bought over 1400 radios . sort of gets out of hand !

Do you know what ''radios huh '' id have not listened to 200 hours of radio broadcasts. in life, I'm to busy !

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