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Batyphone, C.S. Baty & Co.; Perth (WA)

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Name: Batyphone, C.S. Baty & Co.; Perth (WA)    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: baty
Products: Model types
Summary:

C. S. Baty & Co.
561 Wellington Street Perth WA (1917 - 1920)
Munster House, 357 Murray Street, Perth (1931)
782 Hay Street, Perth WA (1935)
890 Hay St., Perth (1942 - 1952)

Brand: Batyphone

Batyphones were manufactured from 1923 through to 1953. They were sold direct to the public, but radios were also advertised by resellers and agents. From 1923 to 1940’s the radios were handmade in Perth Western Australia. From 1946 till 1953 they used an AWA chassis.

Batyphones were aimed at a niche market - the farming community. Most farms did not have A.C. electricity. Thus most Batyphones made were battery sets or AC/DC sets. Only a few AC sets were manufactured.

Note: documentation about the listed radios is sparse and incomplete. There seems to have been no strict seasonal production, and it is possible that tube line-up, battery equipment or other details have changed over the course of production of one model.

Founded: 1917
Closed: 1952
Production: 1923 - 1952
History:

C.S. Baty & Co was founded by Charles Stanley (Stan) Baty around 1917¹. The company started  selling and installing the Knight (hollow wire) Lighting System² in the rural towns in the South West of Western Australia.  

In 1923 the company sold radios made by The Wireless Supplies Co³. in Perth and labelled them “Batyphones”. The company started to manufacture its own sets in the late 20’s but the exact date is not known.

The early Batyphones from the mid 1920's used horn speakers. There were several models of this type. Later models (after about 1930) had cardboard cone speakers built into large cabinets. The cabinets were usually quality pieces of furniture. There were many models and designs manufactured³.

1931 the firm offered all-electric models for the city, with Batyphones ranging "from £15 to £100". The component parts came from Airzone Ltd. for the chassis and Electric Meter Manufacturing Co. (Emmco) for parts. Advertisements in 1932 claim 1,000 Batyphones having been manufactured, end of 1933 over 2,000 sets were said to be in use³.

In 1933 Baty also distributed ESM sets for clients who preferred mains operated radios.

At one stage the firm was making 15 - 25 sets per week and had 12 salesmen on road travelling around the country. It is estimated that about 7000 battery Batyphones and about 1000 AC & AC-DC Batyphones were manufactured in Western Australia³.

In December 1951 C.S. Baty & Co. floated on the Stock Exchange.  In August 1952 the company was bought out by Carlyle & Co. The subsidiary of Carlyle & Co, Leeds Auto Supplies sold the radio stock from C.S.Baty for a few years.

Newspaper article from the “Sunday Times” January 3, 1937:

"For many years the manufacturers of the Batyphone Custom Built Radios have upheld their claim of always being abreast with all the latest developments in radio. The C. S. Baty and Co’s output for the year 1936 definitely proves that the first statement is not merely a boast set up on the part of the manufacturer. It is claimed as a significant fact that one-third of the total battery models in operation in the country districts of this state are Batyphones and that their range for 1937 is the largest and most complete range of battery models in the country. Since C. S. Baty and Co. first set out upon the radio field they have placed many magnificient examples of radio craftsmanship upon the market, and it, to their credit that throughout their years of steady advancement they have continually kept in view the welfare of their country clients, for whom they specially cater. The Baty service employs as many as nine vehicles which cover the largest area of any service area in the Commonwealth. It should be borne in mind also that the Batyphone Radios are built in Western Australia by Western Australians By this the public are assured not only of Batyphones being specially built to suit local conditions, but also of the creation of employment in this State. For each purchase of a Batyphone Custom Built Radio means State prosperity as well as individual profit and entertainment. Batyphone Radios are available in models priced from 25 to 40 guineas."

¹ The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate (WA)  Fri 14 Sep 1917  Page 3
² The Murchison Times and Day Dawn Gazette (WA)   15 Mar 1918  Page 3
³ Encyclopaedia of Western Australian Wirelesses and Gramophones, 2012
The West Australian (WA)  7 Dec 1951, Page 16
 Sunday Times ( WA)  Sun 31 Aug 1952,  Page 6

This manufacturer was suggested by Gary Cowans.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  36 98D   Permanent magnet loudspeaker & Grommet on rear of chassis indicates this was possibly ... 
AUS  32/33 4-Valve Broadcast Battery Console 231 [1933 model]   Four-valve battery console. New full vision dial. Lissen speaker. Rheostatic volume con... 
AUS  38 4-Valve Broadcast Console 431V [batteryless]   Four-valve Broadcast console radio. Batteryless. Vibrator for +B. Price: 28,5 gns. 
AUS  37/38 4-Valve Broadcast Mantel 421V [batteryless]   Four-valve Broadcast mantel radio. Batteryless. Vibrator for +B. Price: 24,5 gns. 
AUS  39/40 5-Valve Caravan Mantel 531V [batteryless]   Five-valve Caravan mantel. Batteryless. Vibrator for +B. Price: 28,5 gns. 
AUS  49 5-Valve Dual Wave Mantel M55DB   Five-valve dual wave mantel set, operated with three Eveready new type plug-in dry cell... 
AUS  49 5-Valve Dual Wave Portable [horizontal speaker grille]   Five-valve dual wave portable. Smart grained leatherette in green, brown or blue toning... 
AUS  48/49 6-Valve Triple Wave Console T6CV   Six-valve triple wave battery console, vibrator operated by six-volt storage battery. ... 
AUS  48/49 5-Valve Triple Wave Console T5CV   Five-valve triple wave battery console, vibrator operated by six-volt storage battery. ... 
AUS  34 4-Valve De Luxe Battery Console   2-volt series valves and pentode output. Permanent magnet speaker. Logs stations all ov... 
AUS  31/32 4-Valve "Screen Grid Four" Broadcast Battery Console   Four-valve battery console, one dial control. Pressed steel chassis, finished in black ... 
AUS  28 Batyphone 4 Valve Receiver A306_B4  Radio was supplied with BTH C3 14" horn speaker. 

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

Advertisement from the “Sunday Times”, December 1939. Describing the Caravan Mantle, model 531 and the Deluxe Console. It also states they have 44 models available. These radios were manufactured at the premises at 782 Hay Street, Perth Western Australia.tbn_batyphone_ad_sunday_times_december_1939.jpg
Advertisement from the “Sunday Times”, October 1934 describing the various console models available. These radios were manufactured at the premises at 782 Hay Street, Perth Western Australiatbn_batyphone_ad_sunday_times_7_oct_1934.jpg
Company Logotbn_baty_20badge.jpg
Advertisment from "west Australian Wireless News" December 16, 1933tbn_aus_batyphone_ad.jpg
Advertisment from "West Australian Wireless News" December 16, 1933.tbn_aus_batyphone_ad~~1.jpg
Western Mail (Perth), Thursday 23 December 1954tbn_aus_batyphone_leeds_1954.jpg
Advert ca. 1935tbn_aus_baty_advert1935.jpg
Sunday Times (Perth), Sunday 2 February 1941tbn_aus_baty_1941_advert.jpg
The South-Western News (Busselton), Friday 1 April 1938. Showing existence of representatives.tbn_aus_baty_ad1938.jpg
Sunday Times (Perth), Sunday 8 August 1937, Air Cell advertisementtbn_aus_baty_aircell_ad.jpg
Sunday Times (Perth), 28 August 1932tbn_aus_baty_press.jpg
Advertisement for Batyphone radios, "Sunday Times" August 5, 1935tbn_aus_batyphone_ad_sunday_times_aug_5_1935.jpg
The company started selling and installing the Knight (hollow wire) Lighting System in the rural towns in the South West of Western Australia. The Murchison Times and Day Dawn Gazette (WA) 15 Mar 1918 Page 3.tbn_aus_baty_the_murchison_times_day_dawn_gazette_wa_15_mar_1918_p3.jpg
In December 1951 C.S. Baty & Co. floated on the Stock Exchange. The West Australian (WA) 7 Dec 1951, Page 16.tbn_aus_baty_the_west_australian_wa_7_dec_1951_page_16.jpg
In August 1952 the company was bought out by Carlyle & Co. Sunday Times ( WA) Sun 31 Aug 1952, Page 6.tbn_aus_baty_sold_sunday_times_wa_sun_31_aug_1952_page_6.jpg

  
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