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Automatic Radio Mfg. Co.; Boston (MA)

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Name: Automatic Radio Mfg. Co.; Boston (MA)    (USA)  
Air Master || ARC || Automaster || Autorola || Autu-Rola || Blue Bird || Tom Thumb
Abbreviation: automatic
Products: Model types

Automatic Radio Mfg. Co., inc.: 122 Brookline Avenue, Boston, Mass.
Trade names: Air Master, ARC, Auto-Rola, Automaster, Bluebird, Tom Thumb

Founded: 1920
Closed: 1957
Automatic Radio Mfg. Boston - Massachusetts [1920-1957] Automatic Radio Manufacturing Co., famous for the "Tom Thumb" series of radios started in the 1920's and manufactured radios into the 1950's. Automatic made all sorts of radios from wood, to Bakelite and two models made of Catalin. The Tom Thumb name fits perfectly, as both of the Catalin radios made by the company are some of the smallest radios ever made during the 1930's.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  25 42$    
USA  40 100 12K7   
USA  40 101 12K7   
USA  40 102 12SA7  Built-in loop antenna. 
USA  40 105 12SA7   
USA  40 106 12SA7  Built-in loop antenna. 
USA  40 110 12SA7  Built-in loop antenna. 
USA  40 111 12SA7  Built-in loop antenna. 
USA  40 115 12SA7  Built-in loop antenna; unknown ballast tube. 
USA  40 116 12SA7  Built-in loop antenna. 
USA  40 117 12SA7  Built-in loop antenna. 
USA  40 120 12SA7  Unknown ballast tube. 


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Automatic Radio Mfg. Co.; Boston (MA)
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Unknown model
Meyer Rochwerger
  1 I have a bunch of photos of a "AUTOMATIC" radio to upload but don't know what model it is.
Help me to identify it please.
Here are some of the pics.

Bernhard Nagel
Your photos shows probably this model C60X. Only difference to me is the dial. The labelling of BC frequencies is reversed compared with your picture. The tube line-up is missing at the model page, this should be altered.

Hope this will help.

Bernhard Nagel
Meyer Rochwerger
  3 Hello Bernhard !!

It's not the same. If you look at the rear picture and compare with the schematics you'll see that the layout of the components dont match.
For your appreciation, I attached a  picture with both layouts.
Note the I.F. transformers size and position, tubes and other elements.

My best wishes,

Carl Travis

Hello Meyer,

Can you post the tube complement?


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