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Birks, Charles & Co. Ltd. (Airvoyce, Rocket); Adelaide, SA

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Name: Birks, Charles & Co. Ltd. (Airvoyce, Rocket); Adelaide, SA    (AUS)  
Abbreviation: birks
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Charles Birks & Co., Limited
44-58 Rundle Street, Adelaide, South Australia

Department store / retailer. During the period from 1932 until 1954 the company sold “Airvoyce” and “Rocket” brand radios.

The company re-branded these radios but it is it is currently unknown who manufactured them.

Founded: 1920
Closed: 1954

Charles Birks & Co., Ltd. was a South Australian department store founded by Charles Napier Birks in Rundle Street, Adelaide in 1920. The business was acquired by David Jones Limited in 1954.

This manufacturer was suggested by Gary Cowans.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
AUS  32 Airvoice Junior   Advertised in The Advertiser (SA) 28 October  1932, Page 10. 
AUS  37 Airvoice 6   Advertised in The News (SA) 13 may 1937, Page 17 for Aus£23/3/- complete with Magic Eye. 
AUS  33 Airvoice Chum   Advertised in The Adelaide Advertiser (SA) 30 January 1933, Page 9 for Aus£8/15/-. 
AUS  32 Airvoice Superhetrodyne   Advertised in The News (SA) 6 September 1932, Page 5 for Aus£21/10/-. 
AUS  34 Rocket Superhet   Advertised in The News (SA) 17 August 1934, Page 9 for Aus£12/19/6. 
AUS  38 Rocket [Clock Radio]   Advertised in The News (SA) 28 April 1938, Page 19 for Aus£19/19/-. A dual band, AC pow... 
AUS  41 Airvoice [Radiogram]   Advertised in The Advertiser (SA) 8 May 1941, Page 18. 


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

Newspaper article from The Age (Vic.) 8 dec 1920, page 12, stating company is being formed.tbn_aus_birks_company_start_age_8_12_20_p12.jpg
Advert from The Mail(SA) 2 september 1932, page 10 for Airvoice and Radiola radios.tbn_aus_birks_ad_mail_2_9_32_p10.jpg