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Air-Master, Airmaster (Brands): various manufacturers & dealers

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Name: Air-Master, Airmaster (Brands): various manufacturers & dealers    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: air-mast
Products: Model types
Summary:

Air-Master and Airmaster, were Australian brands used by various radio manufacturers and dealers from 1926 till 19xx.
Below is a chronology of the various, verified, known dealers and or manufacturers of the Air-Master or Airmaster brand.

Founded: 1926
Production: 1927 - 1935
History:

The Airmaster Radio Co. (Australasia)
500 George Street, Sydney, NSW.

Relevance: Nil, shop only (1926

A short-lived radio shop in Sydney in 1926, founded by Ellen Howell with Yar Kivovitch as Manager.
Kivovitch turned out to be a con man and sent the company into financial ruin.[1]

This company had no known relationship with Air-Master radios. Only mentioned for clarity.

As young man, Raphael Weingott worked for the company and later founded the Kriesler Radio Company in 1931.[2]

Wills and Paton Pty. Ltd.

Relevance: Dealer 1927 - 1930

Started as an Edison gramophone and musical recordings importer in Melbourne in 1916.

The company was granted Trade-Mark registration 46537 for The Air-Master on June 22, 1927.[3]

They sold Air-Master parts and radios from 1927 till 1930. See Wills & Paton for the detailed company history.

Airmaster Radio Co.
Canberra House, Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW

Relevance: Dealer & manufacturer, 1928 –

Company was registered on Oct 22, 1928 by Abe Weingott. At present no more information is known about this company.[4]

Targan Electric Co. Pty. Ltd.
131 Brunswick Road, Melbourne, Vic.

Relevance: Dealer & manufacturer, 1930 - 1935

The company manufactured radios under the Targan, Air-Master and Vogue brands. The Airmaster brand was sold through dealerships throughout Australia with the largest sales in the eastern states of Australia.

History:

Walter Stoddart Paton (1887 – 1961) registered the Targan Electric Co. Pty. Ltd., along with Ernest Gerald Ardall in June 1930.[5]

They went into voluntary liquidation in 1935.[6]

Airmaster (S.A.) Radio (1934)
23 Chesser Street, Adelaide SA

Relevance: Dealer

Advertised Airmaster radios manufactured by Targan Electric in April 1934.[7]

Airmaster Radio Co. (Radiokraft Pty. Ltd.) (1935 – 1936)
131 Brunswick Road, Melbourne, Vic.

Relevance: Dealer & manufacturer, 1935 - 1936

Radiocraft purchased the assets of Targan Electric Co. Pty. Ltd., including the Air-Master trademark and manufactured the Air-Master radio, distributed by The Gloria Light Co. Pty Ltd. [8][9]

History:

Radiokraft Pty. Ltd. was registered in September 1935 as manufacturers, importers and wholesale and retail agents with First Directors, Charles James Evans, and Robert Howarth Cogawell.[10]

In August 1936, the company went into liquidation. [11] In late February 1937 the Liquidators called for tenders for the Air-Master trade-mark and complete assets of the company. [ 12]

Air-Master Pty. Ltd. (1937-  19    )
90-98 Chapel Street, St. Kilda, Vic.

Relevance: Dealer & manufacturer

Air-Master Pty. Ltd. was formed to take over the assets of the liquidated parts manufacturer, Colonial Radio Pty. Ltd. in May 1937. [13]

Superheterodynes Pty. Ltd.
90-98 Chapel Street St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC

[1] Smith's Weekly (NSW) Jul 31, 1926, Page 3.
[2] Radio Trade Annual, 1934, Page 294.
[3] Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW)  Jun 22, 1927, Page 8.
[4] Dunn’s gazette(NSW) Oct 22, 1928, Page 367.
[5] Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW) Jul 2,1930, Page 5.
[6] The Argus (Vic.) Feb 27, 1937, Page 25.
[7] The Advertiser(SA)) Apr 7, 1934, Page 7
[8] The Argus (Vic.) Feb 20, 1937, Page25.
[9] Radio Trade annual 1936, Page 371.
[10] The Herald (Vic.) Sep 25, 1935,  Page 5.
[11] The Age (Vic.) Aug 1936, Page 2.
[12] The Argus (Vic.) Feb 20, 1937, Page25.
[13] The Age(Vic.) May 18, 1937 page 8.
 

This manufacturer was suggested by Stuart Irwin.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  32 Air-Master 7 valve superhet Unk. 7 V AC E452T  Separate oscillator and mixer, leaky grid second detector transformer coupled to push pull... 
AUS  35 M30 6F7   
AUS  35 T30 6F7   
AUS  35 A41 AK1   
AUS  36 D32 6A7   
AUS  36 D36 6D6   
AUS  36 C36 6A7   
AUS  36 B33 [Table cabinet] 1C6   
AUS  36 B33 [Console] 1C6   
AUS  34 H95   7 valve superhet with manual interference control and twin speakers. 
AUS  34 B24 34   
AUS  34 B25 34  This model uses a Westector. 

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Further details for this manufacturer by the members (rmfiorg):

[1] 1926 - The Airmaster Radio Co. Smith's Weekly (NSW) Jul 31, 1926, Page 3. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_airmast_1_smith_s_weekly_nsw_jul_31_1926_page_3.jpg
[2] 1926- Raphael Weingott worked for an Airmaster Company before starting Kriesler. Radio Trade Annual, 1934, Page 294.tbn_aus_air_mast_2_radio_trade_annual_1934_page_294.jpg
[3]1927 - Trade-Mark registration 46537 for The Air-Master on June 22. Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (NSW) Jun 22, 1927, Page 8. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_air_mast_3_daily_commercial_news_and_shipping_list_nsw_jun_22_1927_page_8.jpg
[4] 1928 - Airmaster Radio Co. registered. Dunn’s gazette(NSW) Oct 22, 1928, Page 367. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_air_mast_4_dunn_s_gazette_nsw_oct_22_1928_page_367..jpg
Targan Brand Radios. The News(SA) Jun 16, 1932, Page 8. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_targan_the_news_sa_jun_16_1932_page_8..jpg
Targan Brand Escutcheon. From the West Australian, VWGC archives.tbn_aus_targan_trargan_escutcheon.jpg

  
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