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Wells-Gardner & Co.; Chicago

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Name: Wells-Gardner & Co.; Chicago    (USA)  
Fearnola || Fideltone || Granada || Great Northern || Hudson || Lexington || Skelco || Star || Supertone || True Value || Truetone || Universal || Whelco
Abbreviation: wells-gard
Products: Model types

Wells-Gardner & Co.; Chicago III.

Wells-Gardner & Co., Chicago: - Trade names: Arcadia, Blackhawk, Fearnola, Fideltone, Granada, Great Northern, Gulbransen, Hudson, Lexington, Skelco, Sky Rover, Solar, Star, Supertone, True Value, Truetone, Universal, Wells-Gardner, Whelco. But for instance for a Lexington model 6545 the supplier was Bloomingdale Bros., New York (SAMS Feb. 1947, folder 473-20 (= set 13). Wells-Gardner was aquired by Gulbransen in 1930 but the name was kept as a division of Gulbransen. The chassis - or whole sets - from Wells-Gardner or Gulbransen were also sold to catalog distributers like Lafayette, for instance chassis C or DG from 1929/30 for Duo-Symphonic. At least mid 1930s there were a few consoles marketed for Wells-Gardner. Mark S. Stein shows in "Pre-War Consoles" models 36A5 (ca. 1934), for 1935 20C5 and 27D5 and for 1937 30EL674, 37LL622, 37LL672 and the same cabinet for 101A2-754 (11 tubes) and 108A2-754 (8 tubes). During the WW2, Wells-Gardner had the manufacturer code CWQ.
Wells-Gardner & Co, was present in Rider's first volume (from 1934) with the models C, CG (one schematic) with an old and new type, model 72 and model 80, 82AC (with same schematic). Similar in the not yet numbered first issue: C and CG together, model 72 and a model 82. In the "Abridged volumes 1 to 5 book there are 40 pages for Wells. In the first "Official Radio Service Manual" there is no entry but the volume 2, "Complete Directory of all 1931-1932 Radio Receivers" Hugo Gernsback displays the models 5 Tube DC, ST-AC, 9 in Line, C, AC9, 10, 60, 63, 80 and 80A.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  56 321A61C - A - 578 6BQ7A  WELLS-GARDNER model 321A61C-A-578 is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tune... 
USA  56 2321A61U - A - 580 6BZ7  WELLS-GARDNER model 2321A61U-A-580 is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tuner channels 2 t... 
USA  56 321A61U - A - 522 6BZ7  WELLS-GARDNER model 321A61U-A-522 is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tuner channels 2 th... 
USA  56 321A61U - A - 578 6BZ7  WELLS-GARDNER model 321A61U-A-578 is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tuner channels 2 th... 
USA  36/37 7LL 6K7  The Wells Gardner 7LL is an AC-operated 8 tube BC, Police and SW band receiver. ... 
USA  56 2321A61C - A - 580 6BQ7A  WELLS-GARDNER model 2321A61C-A-580 is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tun... 
USA  56 321A61C - A - 522 6BQ7A  WELLS-GARDNER model 321A61C-A-522 is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF Tune... 
USA  28–30 60 or 63 224  This sample was build by Wells-Gardner for the Griffith Piano Company. 
USA  36 Gulbransen Unknown Ch= 7G 6K7  This model was sold in the New Zealand market. 
USA  34 Unknown1 42   
USA  56 237 A10-564 6BA6   
USA  56 37 A10-562 6BA6