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Fairbanks, Morse & Co.; Chicago (IL)

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Name: Fairbanks, Morse & Co.; Chicago (IL)    (USA)  
alternative name:
FMC
Brand: Welco
Abbreviation: fairbanks
Products: Model types
Summary:

Fairbanks, Morse & Co., 430 South Green Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Trade name: Fairbanks-Morse

Radios were sold under a subsidiary of Fairbanks, Morse & Co. by the name of Fairbanks-Morse Home Appliance, Inc., located at 430 Green Street, Chicago, Illinois.

History:

In early 1934, Fairbanks Morse entered the radio business by acquiring the Audiola Radio Co., which was at that time, located at 430 Green Street, Chicago. The acquisition was announced in the April 1934 edition of the Radio Retailing periodical on page 22.

Radio's continued to be manufactured at the 430 Green street location after the acquisition. In the 1936/1937 timeframe, Fairbanks Morse moved the radio manufacturing to 2060 Northwestern Ave, Indianapolis, Ind. A notice about the new production facilities was announced in the Sept 1937 edition of the Radio Today periodical on page 71.

The facility at 430 Green Street was shut down, and a notice about the former Audiola factory in Chicago being rented to the Arlab Mfg. Co. was announced in the Jan 1937 edition of the Radio Today periodical on page 67.

In 1939, the radio production facility at 2060 Northwestern Ave burnt down. Instead of rebuilding the radio production facility, Fairbanks Morse decided to exit the radio manufacturing business in the USA.

At some time, Fairbanks Morse also built radio's in Canada, but details are not yet known. Radio's continued to be manufactured in Canada well after the 2060 Northwestern Ave facility in the USA burnt down, with Fairbanks Morse even entering the TV business in Canada much later.

We know that Fairbanks Morse no longer manufactures radios and household appliances in Indianapolis but they are building high quality diesel engines in Beloit, Wisconsin. Could there be any connection with J. L. Miller Company in Beloit?


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  37 Welco (Export Model) 6A7  Dial lamps: 2x 6,3V/0,3A (bayonet). 
USA  36 Unknown 6D6  Based on the tubes this may be either a Model 61, 6210 or 6244. 
USA  36/37 58 [Chassis Only] 6A8G  The Fairbanks Morse 58 is an AC operated, 5 tube BC, Police and SW band chassis used in mo... 
USA  36/37 72 [Chassis Only] 6K7G  The Fairbanks Morse 72 is an AC operated, 7 tube BC, Police and SW band Chassis used in va... 
USA  35/36 6346 Ch= 63 6D6  The Fairbanks Morse 6346 is an AC operated, 6 tube BC, Police and SW band receiver. The fr... 
USA  35/36 6317 Ch= 63 6D6  The Fairbanks Morse 6317 is an AC operated, 6 tube BC, Police and SW band receiver. The fr... 
USA  38/39 7B [Chassis Only]   The Fairbanks Morse 7B is a 7 tube BC, Police and SW band chassis used in model 7BG. ... 
USA  36/37 57 [Chassis Only] 6A8G  The Fairbanks Morse 57 is an AC operated, 5 tube BC and SW chassis used in model 57-T-0.&n... 
USA  55 55R38 Ch= 5R3F 12BE6  The Fairbanks Morse 55R38 is an AC/DC operated 5 tube BC band receiver. This model ... 
USA  35/36 11050 Ch= 110 [6E5 Tube Tuning Indicator] 6K7  The Fairbanks Morse 11050 is an AC operated, 11 tube BC, LW, Police and SW band receiver. ... 
USA  36/37 69 [Chassis Only] 6A7  The Fairbanks Morse 69 is an AC/DC operated, 5 tube BC band chassis used in model 69T7. Ha... 
USA  37/38 6B [Chassis Only]   The Fairbanks Morse 6B is an AC/DC operated, 6 tube BC and SW band chassis used in model 6... 

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

Scanned from the Radio Retailing August 1937.tbn_fairbanks_prom_p36_aug37.jpg
Source: The Saturday Evening Posttbn_saturdayeveningpost.jpeg.jpg
Fairbanks-Morse Home Appliance, Inc._1935 (Page 1 of 4)tbn_fairbanksmorsehomeapplianceinc._1935_001.jpg
Fairbanks-Morse Home Appliance, Inc._1935 (Page 2 of 4)tbn_fairbanksmorsehomeapplianceinc._1935_002.jpg
Fairbanks-Morse Home Appliance, Inc._1935 (Page 3 of 4)tbn_fairbanksmorsehomeapplianceinc._1935_003.jpg
Fairbanks-Morse Home Appliance, Inc._1935 (Page 4 of 4)tbn_fairbanksmorsehomeapplianceinc._1935_004.jpg
Scanned from the Fairbanks-Morse Folder RA 309 for 1937.tbn_fairbanksmorse_ra309_p1_part1.jpg
Scanned from the Fairbanks-Morse Folder RA 309 for 1937.tbn_fairbanksmorse_ra309_p1_part2.jpg
Scanned from the Fairbanks-Morse Folder RA 309 for 1937.tbn_fairbanksmorse_ra309_p2.jpg
tbn_usa_fairbanks_morse_advertise1938_b.jpg
tbn_usa_fairbanks_brochure1938.jpg
1938 Fairbanks Morse Catalog Page 1 of 11tbn_fairbanksmorse_1938catalog1_pg1.jpg
1938 Fairbanks Morse Catalog Page 2 of 11tbn_fairbanksmorse_1938catalog1_pg2.jpg
1938 Fairbanks Morse Catalog Page 3 of 11tbn_fairbanksmorse_1938catalog1_pg3.jpg
1938 Fairbanks Morse Catalog Page 4 of 11tbn_fairbanksmorse_1938catalog1_pg4.jpg
1938 Fairbanks Morse Catalog Page 5 of 11tbn_fairbanksmorse_1938catalog1_pg5.jpg
1938 Fairbanks Morse Catalog Page 7 of 11tbn_fairbanksmorse_1938catalog1_pg7.jpg
1938 Fairbanks Morse Catalog Page 8 of 11tbn_fairbanksmorse_1938catalog1_pg8.jpg
1938 Fairbanks Morse Catalog Page 9 of 11tbn_fairbanksmorse_1938catalog1_pg9.jpg
1938 Fairbanks Morse Catalog Page 10 of 11tbn_fairbanksmorse_1938catalog1_pg10.jpg
1938 Fairbanks Morse Catalog Page 11 of 11tbn_fairbanksmorse_1938catalog1_pg11.jpg

  
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