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Freshman Co. Inc., Chas.., (Polydyne); New York

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Name: Freshman Co. Inc., Chas.., (Polydyne); New York    (USA)  
Brand:
C.A.Earl
Abbreviation: freshmanco
Products: Model types
Summary:

In the November 1924 The Radio Trade Directory under the heading manufacturers of Vacuum Tube Sets on page 80, the Chas Freshman Company was located at 106 Seventh Avenue in New York City.
Chas. Freshman Co. Inc.; Freshman Building, 240-248 West 40th Street, New York.

Also S.Freshman Co.; 225 N.Michigan Ave., Chicago. S.Freshman was said to be Charles' brother, Sigmund.

Around 1925/26 Freshman introduced, under the name Polydyne but with the same factory address, a set exactly like the previous season's model, to be sold by department stores,undercutting his own dealers, who were understandably furious. (Quotation from A.Douglas, Radio Manufacturers of the 1920's).

Freshman Masterpiece radios were exported to the eastern states of Australia from 1926 till 1928. 

Founded: 1922
Closed: 1929
Production: 1924 - 1929
History:

Chas. Freshman Co. Inc.; New York: After being bought out by Walter B.Chrysler in Dec. 1927, Clarence A.Earl was installed as president. In November it merged with Freed Eisemann. The Name was changed to Earl Radio Corporation. 2000 employees, sales of $1 million in June 1929 from 13,975 sets produced, in July 23,546 sets, but the stock market crashed and Earl went into receivership on Nov.22, 1929.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  32 Midget Cathedral (4 tubes) BRC Belmont Series 40A [2] 58  The 2nd variation of the 4 tubes model. The chassis is by BRC of Chicago and similar or i... 
USA  24/25 TRF Kit   Freshman Masterpiece "TRF" Kit  These kits were used by several obscure manufactur... 
USA  25 Tuned Radio Frequency Kit   Freshman Masterpiece Tuned Radio Frequency Kit consisted of three Masterpiece TRF tuning u... 
USA  22/23 Antenella   Socket antenna 
USA  27 7-83-5 UX112   
USA  33 Midget Cathedral (5 tubes) [var. 2]    
USA  26 Masterpiece 6-F-14 (6F14) [Mahogany] UX201A  Three dials (primary tuning control knobs). Mahogany cabinet. The new UX-200A Detec... 
USA  26 Masterpiece 6-F-8 (6F8) UX201A  Three dials (primary tuning control knobs). Mahogany cabinet. The new UX-200A Detector ... 
USA  26 Masterpiece 6-F-15 (6F15) [Walnut] UX201A  Three dials (primary tuning control knobs). Walnut cabinet. The new UX-200A Detecto... 
USA  22 Micon Mica Condenser   Micon Mica Condensers: 0.00025 mfd. : $0.35 0.0005 mfd. : $0.35 0.001 mfd. ... 
USA  26 TRF Low Loss Kit   TRF Low Loss Kit. Set of 3 straight line wave length condensers with low loss self bala... 
USA  24–26 Polydyne 7865 UV201A  This is the stepbrother of the 1924/25 Masterpiece Around 1925/26 Freshman introduc... 

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

From Radio World February 27, 1926; Page 32tbn_usa_freschman_6f1_advert_rw1926p32.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing June 1927 page 8.tbn_rr_june1927_p8_freshman.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing October 1928 page 34.tbn_rr_october28_ad_freshman_p34.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing October 1928 page 35.tbn_rr_october28_ad_freshman_p35.jpg
Freshman Masterpiece radios were exported to the eastern states of Australia. The Australian Worker (NSW) Aug 1, 1928, Page 12tbn_us_freshmanco_masterpiece_6_f_8aw_aug_1_1928_p12.jpg
Freshman Masterpiece radios were exported to the eastern states of Australia. The Brisbane Courier (Qld) Aug 9, 1926 Page 8.tbn_us_freshmanco_the_brisbane_courier_qld_aug_9_1926_p8.jpg

  
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