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Wells-Gardner & Co.; Chicago

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Name: Wells-Gardner & Co.; Chicago    (USA)  
Brand:
Fearnola || Fideltone || Granada || Great Northern || Hudson || Lexington || Skelco || Star || Supertone || True Value || Truetone || Universal || Whelco
Abbreviation: wells-gard
Products: Model types
Summary:

Wells-Gardner & Co.; Chicago III.

History:
Wells-Gardner & Co., Chicago: - Trade names: Arcadia, Blackhawk, Fearnola, Fideltone, Granada, Great Northern, Gulbransen, Hudson, Lexington, Skelco, Sky Rover, Solar, Star, Supertone, True Value, Truetone, Universal, Wells-Gardner, Whelco. But for instance for a Lexington model 6545 the supplier was Bloomingdale Bros., New York (SAMS Feb. 1947, folder 473-20 (= set 13). Wells-Gardner was aquired by Gulbransen in 1930 but the name was kept as a division of Gulbransen. The chassis - or whole sets - from Wells-Gardner or Gulbransen were also sold to catalog distributers like Lafayette, for instance chassis C or DG from 1929/30 for Duo-Symphonic. At least mid 1930s there were a few consoles marketed for Wells-Gardner. Mark S. Stein shows in "Pre-War Consoles" models 36A5 (ca. 1934), for 1935 20C5 and 27D5 and for 1937 30EL674, 37LL622, 37LL672 and the same cabinet for 101A2-754 (11 tubes) and 108A2-754 (8 tubes). During the WW2, Wells-Gardner had the manufacturer code CWQ.
Wells-Gardner & Co, was present in Rider's first volume (from 1934) with the models C, CG (one schematic) with an old and new type, model 72 and model 80, 82AC (with same schematic). Similar in the not yet numbered first issue: C and CG together, model 72 and a model 82. In the "Abridged volumes 1 to 5 book there are 40 pages for Wells. In the first "Official Radio Service Manual" there is no entry but the volume 2, "Complete Directory of all 1931-1932 Radio Receivers" Hugo Gernsback displays the models 5 Tube DC, ST-AC, 9 in Line, C, AC9, 10, 60, 63, 80 and 80A.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  55 321A59UT-A-554 4BZ7  Wells- Gardner model 321A59UT-A-554 is ... 
USA  55 321A59C-A-554 4BQ7A  Wells - Gardner model 321A59C-A-554 is ... 
USA  55 321A59U-A-504 4BZ7  Wells- Gardner model 321A59U-A-504 is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF t... 
USA  55 321A59CT-A-504 4BQ7A  Wells - Gardner model 321A59CT-A-504 is a 21" b/w TV with US standard VHF... 
USA  55 2324A59UT-A-560 4BZ7  Wel... 
USA  55 2324A59U-A-560 4BZ7  Wel... 
USA  55 2324A59C-A-560 4BQ7A  Wel... 
USA  55 2321A59CT-A-508 4BQ7A  Wells - Gardner model 2321A59CT-A-508 i... 
USA  55 2321A59C-A-508 4BQ7A  Wells - Gardner model 2321A59C-A-508 is... 
USA  55 321A59U-A-554 4BZ7  Wells- Gardner model 321A59U-A-554 is a... 
USA  55 321A59CT-A-554 4BQ7A  Wells - Gardner model 321A59CT-A-554 is... 
USA  55 324A59U-A-576 4BZ7  Wells- Gardner model 324A59U-A-576 is a... 

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