Vintage radios have always had a charm and appeal about them that I have a difficult time expressing in words. It’s probably better illustrated through the starry-eyed look I give while running my hand over them. There’s something about the design of them. The grip you get on the knobs. The way the dial glides over the numbers with the buzz and static interchanging with the brief sound of a station coming in tune. If anything gives the deep nostalgic feel, it’s the look, feel, and sound of a vintage radio.
I found this gem on eBay after months and months of searching for just the right radio. I find so many radios during my antique and thrift shop excursions it’s surprising I didn’t already have ten in my possession.
However, none of them felt quite right (or at the right price). It’s a beautiful gold and turquoise Bulova radio, with a small crack in the plastic over the clock face and two knobs missing. It’s in working condition though it does have a hum. Perhaps a tube needs replacing inside. Oh, is it beautiful though! Even with it’s flaws, I fell absolutely in love with it, and even more so when I saw it in person.
My lack of handiness, that I have written about before, is once again a bit of a problem. Perhaps I can find a clock repair shop or such who can help me out in this area. A search for Bulova knobs comes up short, and apparently they are hard to come by. If it comes down to it, I don’t mind circulating the one knob to each spot in order to operate the whole thing! Ha!
Now that I have found the radio I fell in love with, I may have to add a few more and make a collection. They really are fantastic and as I said before, I come upon so many that it won’t be difficult to find some more beauties to keep this one company.
There is such a variety out there, the abundance is quite overwhelming. There are radios from the 1930s through the 1970s, transistor radios, clock radios, radios with an 8-track player, radios in working condition that are functional, ones that are purely for display purposes, and so much more.
While I’m sure I’ll have no problem finding more vintage radios to adorn my house, I may have a problem finding places to sit them all. A small concern compared to the enjoyment of having these beauties on display and hearing the buzz of an AM radio station floating through the house from which ever lovely radio I choose.