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Bronzewing (Brand), Arthur Pidgeon and Co.; Perth, WA

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Name: Bronzewing (Brand), Arthur Pidgeon and Co.; Perth, WA    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: bronzewing
Products: Model types
Summary:

Arthur Pidgeon and Co.
35 James Street, Perth WA (1930 -1932)
814 Hay Street, Perth WA (1932 -1936)
794 Hay Street, Perth WA (1936 -1937)
Harper Building, 818 Hay Street, Perth WA (1937 – 1962)
80 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, WA (1962 - 1964)

Brand: Bronzewing

Arthur Pidgeon manufactured and marketed radios by the brand name Bronzewing from 1933 till 1946. He manufactured theatre amplifiers for the XL-Tone Sound System Equipment Co. Ltd., in 1932.

His logo was an electron tube with wings.

He was the factory representative for Kriesler in WA and sold other Australian manufacturers radios until his retirement in 1964.

Founded: 1930
Closed: 1964
Production: 1930 - 1946
History:

In 1930, Arthur Phillips Pidgeon (1902-2002), a motorcycle mechanic and wireless amateur decided to open a business to help people who were having trouble building their own radio sets. He set up business in a bicycle builder’s back room at 35 James Street Perth.[1] He traded as Pidgeon’s Radio Exchange and in May 1931 he started using the logo "Bird for Wireless" in his adverts.[2] The logo was a tube with wings.

In September 1931 he offered training classes every Thursday evening to help radio enthusiasts build their own sets using his test equipment and components supplied by his company.[3]

As business increased, he moved to 814 Hay Street Perth in April 1932, advertising a 4 valve Eclipse Univox console.[4]

In December 1933 he advertised a 4-valve Superheterodyne as the countryman’s ideal receiver with the “Bronzewing” brand name.[5] More Bronzewing radios followed with the 5 valve Universal in March and the Bronzewing 3 valve AC Midget in April 1934. [5][6][7]

He became the WA factory representative for Kriesler radios in December 1934.[8]

In September 1938 he went into a partnership with Henry W Denford, who had started Vox-Adeon Radios in 1933 and they changed the logo to “Birds for Wireless”, adding an extra tube with wings to the logo and the company name to Pidgeon & Denford.[9]

It changed again in January 1946 to Arthur Pidgeon & Company and the logo back to "Bird for Wireless" after Denford left the company.[10] Adverts for Bronzewing radios appeared up until August 1946.[11]

In the 1950’s he added rural farm 5 KVA power plants to his inventory.[12]

During the late 1950’s he advertised phonograph records for sale with the slogan “Pidgeon’s for Platters” from the shop at 818 Hay Street.

Pidgeon continued to repair and sell Australian made radios and act as the Kriesler factory distributor in Western Australia until his retirement at the age of 62 in August 1964 [13]

[1] The West Australian (WA) Dec 13, 1930, Page 8.
[2] The West Australian (WA) May 20, 1931, Page 16.
[3] New Call (WA) Sep 17, 1931, Page 19.
[4] New Call (WA) Apr 14, 1932, Page 6.
[5] The West Australian (WA) Dec 28, 1933, Page 9.
[6] The West Australian (WA) Mar 2, 1934, Page 3.
[7] The West Australian (WA) Apr 12, 1934, Page 19.
[8] The West Australian (WA) Dec 1, 1934, Page 11.
[9] The Daily News (WA) Sep 13, 1938, Page 3.
[10] The West Australian (WA) Jan 19, 1946, Page 4.
[11] The West Australian (WA) Aug 16, 1946, Page 3.
[12] The Sunday Times (WA) Feb 27, 1955, Page 41.
[13] Information from the Pidgeon family.
 

This manufacturer was suggested by Gary Cowans.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  35 Bronzewing 4 Valve Dual Band   Radio was advertised in the Perth (WA) newspaper "The Mirror" April 27, 1935. 
AUS  33 Bronzewing 4 [Table] 34  Same chassis used in both console and table versions. See also "The Bronzewing Conso... 
AUS  33 Bronzewing 4 [Console] 34  Same chassis used in both console and table versions. See also "The Bronzewing... 

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

Logo 1930 - 1938. The Mirror (WA) Apr 27, 1935,Page 26. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_logo_the_mirror_wa_apr_27_1935_page_26.jpg
Logo 1938 - 1946.tbn_aus_bronzwing_logo.jpg
[1] The West Australian (WA) Dec 13, 1930, Page 8. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_1_the_daily_news_wa_dec_13_1930_page_8..jpg
[2] 1931 first "Bird for Wireless" logo. The West Australian (WA) May 20, 1931, Page 16. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_2_the_west_australian_wa_may_20_1931_page_16.jpg
[3] September 1931 Pidgeon offered training classes. New Call (WA) Sep 17, 1931, Page 19. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_new_call_wa_17_sep_1931_page_19.jpg
[4] Moved to 814 Hay Street Perth in April 1932. New Call (WA) Apr 14, 1932, Page 6. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_4_new_call_wa_apr_14_1932_page_6.jpg
[5] “Bronzewing” brand name 1933. The West Australian (WA) Dec 28, 1933, Page 9. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_5_the_west_australian_wa_dec_28_1933_page_9.jpg
[6] 5 valve Universal in March 1934. The West Australian (WA) Mar 2, 1934, Page 3. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_6_the_west_australian_wa_mar_2_1934_page_3..jpg
[7] Selling the Bronzewing 3 valve AC Midget in April 1934. The West Australian (WA) Apr 12, 1934, Page 19. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_7_the_west_australian_wa_apr_12_1934_page_19.jpg
[8] WA factory representative for Kriesler radios in December 1934. The West Australian (WA) Dec 1, 1934, Page 11. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_8_the_west_australian_wa_dec_1_1934_page_11.jpg
[9] September 1938 he went into a partnership with Henry W Denford. The Daily News (WA) Sep 13, 1938, Page 3. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_9_the_daily_news_wa_sep_13_1938_page_3.jpg
[10] Denford left the company in January 1946. The West Australian (WA) Jan 19, 1946, Page 4. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_10_the_west_australian_wa_jan_19_1946_page_4.jpg
[11] Adverts for Bronzewing radios appeared up until August 1946. The West Australian (WA) Aug 16, 1946, Page 3. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_11_the_west_australian_wa_aug_16_1946_page_3.jpg
[12] Selling 5 KVA power plants in 1950. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australia The Sunday Times (WA) Feb 27, 1955, Page 41.tbn_aus_bronzwing_13_the_sunday_times_wa_feb_27_1955_page_41.jpg
Delivery vans, James Street, Perth, circa 1932. Picture from the Pidgeon Familytbn_aus_bronzewing_delivery_vans.jpg
1946 advertisement showing the two valve logo. The Sunday Times (WA), September 1, 1946, page 15. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_ad_st_1_9_46_p15.jpg
Selling Kreisler Radios from temporary premises at 796 Hay Street, Perth. Mirror (WA) 17 Oct 1936, Page 16. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_mirror_wa_17_oct_1936_page_16.jpg
New Premises. Advertisement by Arthur Pidgeon in "Western Australian Wireless News & Musical World" April 18, 1932 Page 62.tbn_aus_a_pigeon_ad_1932.jpg
He advertised radios with the “Bronzewing” brand name and they were sold through country agents in rural Western Australia. From the Bruce Rock Post & Corrigin, Narembeen Guardian (WA) 24 Aug 1934 Page 2. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_ad_bruce_rock_post_corrigin_narembeen_guardian_wa_24_aug_1934_p2.jpg
Advert for Pidgeon & Denford in September 1938. Notice “Birds for Wireless” logo. Mirror (WA) 24 Sep 1938, Page 23. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_mirror_wa_24_sep_1938_page_23.jpg
Selling Van Ruyten radios in 1935. The Daily News (WA) Apr 29, 1935 Page 13. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_the_daily_news_wa_29_apr_1935_page_13_van_ruyten.jpg
Governing Director of Kriesler Australia paying tribute to Arthur Pidgeon’s Kriesler distribution success in WA in 1938. The Mirror (WA) Jul 2, 1938, Page 7 Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_the_mirror_wa_jul_2_1938_page_7.jpg
Kriesler Factory Distributor, 1950. The Mirror (WA) Jan 7, 1950, Page 20. Image sourced & downloaded from Trove – National Library of Australiatbn_aus_bronzwing_12_the_mirror_wa_jan_7_1950_page_20.jpg
Arthur Pidgeon's front window display at 818 Hay St., Perth advertising the stage production of “My Fair Lady” which was running at His Majesty’s Theater, across the road in September 1962. Picture from the Pidgeon Family.tbn_aus_bronsewing_818_hay_st_window.jpg
80 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, Cica 1960. From the Pidgeon family.tbn_aus_bronzwing_1960_s_aberdeen_st.jpg
Pidgeon’s Kriesler delivery van in Aberdeen Street, Perth, circa 1963. Picture from the Pidgeon Family.tbn_aus_bronzewing_delivery_van.jpg
Kriesler at display Musgroves Ltd., in the early 60’s when Pidgeon was the Kriesler representative in WA. Picture from the Pidgeon Familytbn_aus_bronzewing_display_musgroves.jpg

  
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