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Federal Radio Corp. / Federal Telephone & Telegraph Co.; Buffalo, NY

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Name: Federal Radio Corp. / Federal Telephone & Telegraph Co.; Buffalo, NY    (USA)  
alternative name:
Federal Recorder || Federal Tel. & Radio || Federal T&T
Brand: Orthosonic / Ortho-Sonic
Abbreviation: federal-ra
Products: Model types Tube manufacturer (Model types Others Tube manufacturer ?)

Federal Radio Corp. (Division of the Federal Telephone & Radio (Manufacturing) Corp.), Buffalo, New York
Trade names: Federal (Fed), Orthosonic

In the August 1926, McGraw-Hill Radio Trade Catalog on page 211 the Federal Radio Corporation was located at 1738 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, New York.

(In the August 1926, McGraw-Hill Radio Trade Catalog on page 211 the Federal Radio Corporation was located at 1738 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, New York. The August 1925 Radio Trade Directory lists over 20 components made by the company. ?)
(The Federal Radio Corporation was formed in 1926 following some years as being known as the Federal Telegraph and Telephone company, founded in the late 1890's. This former company resulted from some consolidation of smaller US telephone manufacturing companies. The radio division was apparently a separate entity. The First World War and introduction of wireless as a means of communication lent the company towards large quantity production of equipment for military use. Navy type air core transformers, buzzers and the famous "Liberty" headphones were some of the products made for the Allied Forces. Not long after the War ended, the type 226 iron core transformer was developed and this had some use until 1925. ?)
(In 1922 the company began making a range of radio apparatus for commercial use, including the Federal "Junior" crystal set and optional one tube amplifier. In that year the company made four tube receiving sets and two other amplifiers. In 1923 one radio was made and in 1924 three were made. Eight sets were made in 1925 and the first of the Orthosonic range was made. Nine were made and in 1926 three were made. In the following years to 1929 the company made 40 radios. Some "Orthosonic" sets were made to stand on a loud speaker table and were fine looking pieces of furniture. Detector and rf amplifier tubes in these sets were shielded with what looked like upended conical jam tins. The power tubes were both housed in a shielded box. The whole chassis was quite heavy as all fixed parts were nickel plated brass. ?)
(While a going concern with assets exceeding liabilities, some attempts were made in the last half of 1929 for the Federal Radio Corp to be taken over. One of these, reported in the June 1929 issue of the "Radio Retailer and Jobber" claimed that a tube partnership of the Royal Radio Tube Co (Clara Quinn) and the Lucien tube Corp, (both listed as being in Cleveland Ohio)had seized the company. The following issue of the same magazine claimed that the Acme Apparatus Corp of Cambridge, Massachusetts, which was one of Federal's creditors, had acquired them. Neither was true. In July/august of 1929 the Acoustic Products Co (formally the Sonora Phonograph Company until 1927 and renamed Sonora again after September 1929) purchased Federal Radio for US$225000. Sonora filed for bankruptcy in December 1929. ?)

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  25 140 and Pooley 400 UX201A  Federal 140 Drop-In radio panel and Pooley Model 400 Phonograph mounted in a Pooley Furnit... 
USA  47 Federal DeLuxe Portable Tri-Power Superheterodyne Receiver P6001 1T4  See similar model Fada P-100. 
USA  22 Federal Standard Radio Jack 1423-W    
USA  22 Two-Stage Audio Amplifier No. 9 [early] UV201  Earliest version of the Federal Telephone & Telegraph No. 9 Two-Stage Audio Amplifier.... 
USA  22 Federal Crystal Detector No. 17   Federal Crystal Detector No. 17 advertised in the August, 1922, Federal Telephone &... 
USA  22 Federal Crystal Detector No. 16   Federal Crystal Detector advertised in the March, 1922, Federal Telephone & Telegra... 
USA  22 Federal Telephone Bulletin March, 1922 No. 106-W   March, 1922, Federal Telephone & Telegraph Company Bulletin No. 106-W 
USA  22 Federal Telephone Bulletin August, 1922 No. 115-W   August, 1922, Federal Telephone & Telegraph Company Bulletin No. 115-W 
USA  22–24 Micro-Telephone Combination No. 264-W   No. 264-W Combination Micro-Telephone. A combination comprising a 1600 ohm telephone re... 
USA  55 OPR-100 1R5   
USA  23 Radio Jack 1422-W   Label on box has the following information: Federal Stadard Radio Jack, No. 1422-W,... 
USA  23 Enclosed Type Variable Condenser No. 83 21 Plate   21 Plate cap. approximate 550 mmf 


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

Ebay 180559335772tbn_usa_federal_141_0.jpg
November 1922 Radio advertisementtbn_usa_federal_ad_nov22radio.jpg
Radio Digest Illustrated, 1922 Aug. 26, p. 9tbn_usa_federal_radio.jpg
Radio Digest Illustrated, 1922 Oct. 07, p. 4tbn_usa_federal_radio_2.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing June 1927 page 234.tbn_rr_june27_p234_ad_federalradio.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing June 1927 page 235.tbn_rr_june27_p235_ad_federalradio.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing June 1927 page 236.tbn_rr_june27_p236_ad_federalradio.jpg
Radio Engineering February 1934tbn_federal_re234.png
Radio Engineering September 1933tbn_federal_re933.png
electrical Record August 1927tbn_federal_electrical_record_vol.png
New York Globe February 1922tbn_federal_new_york_globe_25_feb_1922.png
Popular Radio August 1927tbn_federal_popular_radio_august_1924.png
Radio Magazine July 1929tbn_federal_radio_july_1929.png
Radio News October 1922tbn_federal_radio_news_october_1922.png
Radio Retailing magazine February 1929tbn_federal_radio_retailing_feb_1929.png
Radio Retailing magazine October 1928tbn_federal_radio_retailing_october_1928.png
Modulator magazine January 1922tbn_federal_modulator_magazine_january_1922.png
New York Sun, December 1925tbn_federal_new_york_sun_december_1925.png
Federal Radio components listtbn_federal_components_list_rtd_825.png
Federal Radio list 1922-1929tbn_federal_model_list_1922_29.jpg