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Prima Donna Radio & Cabinet Co., Sydney

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Name: Prima Donna Radio & Cabinet Co., Sydney    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: primadonna
Products: Model types
Summary:

Prima Donna Radio & Cabinet Co.
264 Oxford Street, Woollahra, Sydney, NSW

 

The company manufactured radios with the "Prima Donna" brand. They also made power packs, chassis, panels, coils, coil shields and cabinets for other manufacturers and home constructors.[1]

Production: 1928 - 1932
History:

Their first advert for cabinets appeared in December 1928.[2]

They sold their own kit sets and kits for radios designed by the Wireless Weekly for amateur constructors.[3] W. A. Wallman was the Managing Director and by the mid 1930’s the company was retailing Australian manufactured radios, Stromberg-Carlson and HMV.[4][5]

[1] Wireless Weekly, Battery Supplement, Sep 12, 1930, Page 10.
[2] Evening News (NSW) Dec 14, 1928 Page 11.
[3] Wireless Weekly Mar 7, 1931, Page 16.
[4] Wireless Weekly May 1, 1931, Page 18.
[5] The Sun (NSW) Mar 10, 1937, Page 7.

This manufacturer was suggested by Stuart Irwin.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  31 Prima Donna Variable MU 4    
AUS  31 Prima Donna Variable MU 3    
AUS  32 De Luxe Combination P.D.44   This radio has provision for a record player.  The price does not include the turntab... 

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

[1] 1930 advert for power packs, chassis, panels, coils, coil shields and cabinets. Wireless Weekly, Battery Supplement, Sep 12, 1930, Page 10.tbn_aus_primadonna_1_wwbattery_supplement_sep_12_1930_page_10.jpg
[2] 1028 advert for Cabinets. Evening News (NSW) Dec 14, 1928 Page 11.tbn_aus_primadonna_2_evening_news_nsw_dec_14_1928_page_11.jpg
[3] Wireless Weekly Kitsets. Wireless Weekly Mar 7, 1931, Page 16.tbn_aus_primadonna_3_ww_mar_27_1931_page_16.jpg
[4] W. A. Wallman was the Managing Director. Wireless Weekly May 1, 1931, Page 18.tbn_aus_primadonna_4_ww_may_1_1931_page_18.jpg
[5] Dealer for HMV Radios in 1937. The Sun (NSW) Mar 10, 1937, Page 7.tbn_aus_primadonna_5_the_sun_nsw_mar_10_1937_page_7.jpg
Prima Donna Radio chassis 1931. Radio Monthly Dec 15, 1931, Page 47. worldradiohistory.comtbn_aus_primadonna_radio_monyhly_dec_15_1931_page_47.jpg

  
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