20 Feb 2014 – Brian’s Novelty Radios

Brians Radios

Brian, G8GHR displayed over a hundred novelty and advertising radios which were produced from about the 1960s to current times. Brian pointed out that it was the introduction of the transistor that made such miniaturization possible along with developments in cheap coloured plastics.  Also on show were many thin vinyl discs which were produced by many companies as advertising. It’s hard to appreciate that without the internet and commercial radio this was considered a viable means of getting product information to the public. Many were produced during the 1920s and 30s and later. Brian played a number of recordings,  some featuring well known actors and musicians of the day. For instance, singing for Remington Roll-A-Matic shaver were Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Rosemary Clooney. Then Ben Cartwright who played Lorne Greene in the TV western Bonanza, was advertising Chevrolet cars!

novelty radiosJust a few of the radios on display.