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Crosley Radio Corp.; Cincinnati (OH)

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Name: Crosley Radio Corp.; Cincinnati (OH)    (USA)  
Abbreviation: crosley
Products: Model types

"The Crosley Radio Corporation", 1329 Arlington Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Crosley was one of the bigger players. Crosley exported also in quantities - for instance to Switzerland.

Founded: 1921
Closed: 1956
Production: 1921 - 1956

Trade names and model families:
Ace, Administrator, Adventurer, Alderman, Announcer, Arbiter, Bandbox ,Bigfella, Bonniboy, Bubby-Boy, Cook Base, Buccaneer, Buddy, Cabriolet, Caroler, Casa, Cherio, Chief, Chum, Classmate, Clipper, Commissioner, Companon, Congressman, Constitution, Corsair, Crony, Cruiser, Director, Discoverer, Elf, Fiver, Galleon, Gembox, Gemchest, Governor, Jewelbox, Jewelcase, Leader, Legislator, Mate, Mayor, Merrimac, Merrymaker, Monotrad, Olymia, Oracle, Pal, Partner, Playboy, Playtime, Privateer, Pup, Repose, Reveler, Roamio, Rondeau, Secretary, Senator, Septet, Sevette, Sextet, Sheraton, Showbox, Showboy, Showchest, Six, Sixty, Sondo, Songster, Sonnester, Symphony, Ten, Tenace, Tenstrike, Totem, Travette, Travo, Thridyn, Troubator, Twelve, Vagabond, Viking, Washinton, Wigit

The Crosley Manufacturing Corp., founded by Powel Crosley Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio, began selling low cost "Harko" crystal receivers (according to page 51 in "Radio collector's Guide 1921-1932) for $ 7 in 1921. An other (web) publication puts that to 1922 and for $ 9.00 and ads audion receivers (for $ 16.00) for 1922. In early 1923, Crosley bought another Cincinnati radio company, the Precision Equipment Co., which had been incorporated in 1919 and selling regenerative receivers under the "Ace" brand under license from Armstrong. He integrated it in 1924.

Once in control of an Armstrong license, Crosley renamed the combined company the Crosley Radio Corp. in 1924 and purchased a large manufacturing plant which he equipped to produce 5000 radios per day, including on-site manufacture of many of the basic components as well as the cabinets. Crosley borrowed low-cost high-volume manufacturing concepts from the automotive industry, which earned him the title of "The Henry Ford of Radio."

Crosley bought two more radio manufacturers, the DeForest Radio Corp. Ltd. of Canada in 1924 and Amrad in 1925. With the acquisition of Amrad, Crosley got a Neutrodyne license, allowing Crosley to begin production of more advanced recievers at a time when regenerative receivers were no longer state of the art. In 1927, Crosley began an association with the DeForest Radio Co. of Jersey City, New Jersey, which was in financial difficulty. Although it appeared that Crosley might purchase DeForest, this did not happen, and it seems that Crosley used its association with DeForest, which controlled a large patent pool, merely to gain more favorable terms in its purchase of a license to the RCA patent pool.

Notable models from Crosley included the two-tube regenerative model 51 for $18.50 in 1924 and the "Pup" in 1925, a one-tube regenerative set that sold for $9.75. In 1927, Crosley brought out a line of AC single-dial sets in metal boxes, similar to Atwater Kent's successful line at that time.

Crosley's sales and profits peaked in 1928. Although Crosley had been successful in the 1920s with low cost radios and high volume manufacturing, by the early 1930s, Philco replaced Crosley as the low cost leader. Crosley survived as an independent manufacturer until 1945, when it was purchased by Aviation Corp. (Avco). Crosley radio and TV products were produced by Avco until 1956.

Crosley owned radio station WLW in Cincinnati (still active today on 700 kHz) which for a time was the most powerful radio station in the U.S., operating at 500,000 watts from 1934-39. This station could be heard throughout much of the U.S. and even overseas. Many Crosley radios from the 1930s and 40s have "WLW" explicitly marked on the dial (the only station specifically named on dials which otherwise show only a frequency scale). In Mason (Ohio) Crosley powered "W8XAL", transmitting international on 6.060 and 9.590 kc with 10kw.

Crosley produced a number of other products. In 1926, the company introduced its "Icyball" refrigerator, a kerosene powered refrigerator that could be used in homes without electricity. This was the first in a long line of home appliances that was made until 1956. Crosley also produced automobiles briefly in the late 1930s and again just after WWII. Crosley specialized in very compact fuel-efficient cars, which were not popular with Americans in the post-war period. During WWII, Crosley was a major producer of the "proximity fuze," an important weapon component used to great advantage by the Allies during the war.

Sources: 1. Alan Douglas, "Radio Manufacturers of the 1920s," Vol. 1, The Vestal Press Ltd., Vestal, NY (1988).
2. Crosley radio history at

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  34 61-AF [console]    
USA  32/33 114 58  Export model, has tapped mains transformer. 
USA  31/32 121A 35  47, 80 
USA  31/32 121B 51 
USA  31/32 125 [Cathedral] 24A   
USA  31/32 Tenstrike 127 35  Tuning meter. AGC. Early series used a 24 type first detector tube. 
USA  32/33 129 "Justice" Ch= 129 24  The Crosley 129 "Justice" is an AC operated 6 tube BC band receiver.  Ha... 
USA  31/32 59 35   
USA  31/32 Playboy 124 [cathedral var 1] 35  Machine age calls it "Playtime", but that is in error, since there are also #... 
USA  32/33 115 58  Export model, has tapped mains transformator. 
USA  32 150 58  The crosley model 150 was made for different cycles and voltages - also for export. It was... 
USA  40 Troubador Portable 1A7GT  Troubador (yes, Troubador, not Trubadour) is a brand of Crosley - but maybe Troubador was ... 


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

Crosley TV-Advertising from 1953.tbn_usa_crosley_tv_adv1953.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing August 1937.tbn_crosley_promo_aug37.jpg
original advertising from 1942tbn_usa_crosley_adv1.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing June 1941.tbn_crosley_prom_rr_jun41_p2.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing June 1941.tbn_crosley_prom_rr_jun41_p1.jpg
August 1922 Radio Broadcast advertisementtbn_usa_crosley_ad_aug22radiobroadcast.jpg
First radio advertised by Crosley in a October 1921 Radio News advertisement. The Crosley Crystal Receiver.tbn_usa_crosleycrystalset_ad_oct21radnews.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing October 1937.tbn_crosley_prom_oct37_567m_autoradio.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing January 1937.tbn_crosley_prom_jan37.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing March 1937.tbn_crosley_prom_rr_mar37.jpg
December 1921 The Wireless Age magazine rear covertbn_usa_crosley_addec21wirelessage1.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing November 1941 page 8.tbn_crosley_prom_rr_nov41_p8.jpg
November 1927 Popular Mechanics magazine page 192tbn_usa_crosley_1928models_nov27popmech.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing November 1946 page 2.tbn_rr_nov46_p2.jpg
Scanned from the Radio & Television Retailing August 1947 page 17.tbn_rr_aug47_p17.jpg
Scanned from the Radio & Television Retailing August 1947 page 18.tbn_rr_aug47_p18.jpg
Scanned from the Radio & Television Retailing August 1947 page 19.tbn_rr_aug47_p19.jpg
Scanned from the Radio & Television Retailing August 1947 page 20.tbn_rr_aug47_p20.jpg
October 1922 Radio News magazine page 729tbn_usa_crosley_oct22radnews-1.jpg
Radio News for March, 1928, Page 979tbn_rn_march_1928_979_advert.jpg
This book is about the history of the two Crosley brothers and their work - about 500 pages of material - but not really radio oriented.tbn_crosley_book_rusty_mcclure.jpg
Scanned from the Radio Retailing July 1941.tbn_crosley_prom_jul_41_p10.jpg
Radio News April 1926 page1387tbn_usa_crosley_rn1926_1387_advert_m.jpg
Firmen.Logo: Crosley USA um 1929tbn_usa_crosley_1929_firmenlogo.jpg
Crosley Index and Chassis Cross Reference List from the Crosley schematic book.tbn_crosley_index_and_chassis_cross_reference_list_1.jpg
Crosley Index and Chassis Cross Reference List from the Crosley schematic book. 2/4.tbn_crosley_index_and_chassis_cross_reference_list_2.jpg
Crosley Index and Chassis Cross Reference List from the Crosley schematic book. 3/4tbn_crosley_index_and_chassis_cross_reference_list_3.jpg
Crosley Index and Chassis Cross Reference List from the Crosley schematic book. 4/4.tbn_crosley_index_and_chassis_cross_reference_list_4.jpg
Radio Broadcast, May 1922, p. 81tbn_usa_crosley.jpg
Radio Broadcast, Jun. 1922, p. 171tbn_usa_crosley_2.jpg
Radio Broadcast 1923-1924tbn_usa_crosley~~1.jpg
Radio Broadcast, Oct. 1925tbn_usa_crosley~~2.jpg
From Crosley folder 1927 for resellers.tbn_crosley_folder_1927_title_page.jpg
From Crosley folder 1927 for resellers.tbn_crosley_folder_1927_page.jpg
Folder for dealers, 1927, page with the models and prices in a table.tbn_crosley_folder_1927_price_page.jpg
Crosley full page ad in "Scientific American", November 1924, page 298 for six different models and Crosley "Head Phones" for $ 3.75.tbn_crosley_ad_nov_1924.jpg
Scanned from the Crosley Folder 1942 for Season 1941/42.tbn_crosley_folder_1942.jpg
Radio Broadcast, Feb. 1926, p. 482tbn_usa_crosley~~3.jpg
December 1921 Radio magazine advertisement page 239 Note the interesting name for the Harko Crystal set. The Harko Radiator.tbn_usa_crosley_harko_ad_dec1921radio_page239.jpg
Radio Broadcast, Mar. 1926, p. 593tbn_usa_crosley_3.jpg
Radio Broadcast, May 1926, p. 71tbn_usa_crosley~~4.jpg
Crosley all 82 VHF & UHF channel TV advert.tbn_us_crosley_all82channels_advert.jpg
July 1924 Radio Age magazine advertisement on the rear covertbn_usa_crosley_ad_july1924_radio_age_rear_cover.jpg
March 1923 The Wireless Age magazine advertisement page 88 This ad for the Precision Equipment Company ACE TRU was still running three months after Powel Crosley bought the company.tbn_usa_precision_ad_march_1923_wireless_age_age_88.jpg
July 22nd 1922, Radio Digest Illustrated magazine advertisement on page 6tbn_usa_crosley_harko_sr._july_22_1922_radio_digest_illustrated_page_6.jpg
Popular Mechanics magazine February 1925tbn_crosley_pop_mec_225.png
RECONSTRUCTED SPEAKER LABELtbn_us_crosley_speaker_label_2.jpg
RECONSTRUCTED SPEAKER LABELtbn_us_crosley_speaker_label.jpg

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Crosley Radio Corp.; Cincinnati (OH)
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Crosley radio season 1939/40, 1940/41 and 1941/42
Ernst Erb

We store here the information we get for Crosley radio season 1939/40 = Crosley models 1940.
The next post is for Crosley radio season 1940/41 and the following for Crosley radio season 1941/42, the last one before the WW2.
All models concerned will link back to this thread so that we can give further (sometimes common) information about those radio seasons.


Crosley radio Season 1939/40 = Crosley models 1940

I could buy two slightly different folders for the season 1939/40, one with number 2451B without date but with almost the same models as shows the one just received: having the date (but no number) with a simple price list added by a wholesaler.

Problem: 648 or 649 ?
Unfortunately in one we see model 648A for a certain cabinet and description and in the other the same is called 649A. The same happens for 648D and 649D. Only by reading the text most carefully, one sees that there is a total line of same models with different colors, A-C and E, F, D as a DeLuxe model with wood. The only difference between later 649 models is that they have the built in loop antenna included and not "also available at extra cost in any cabinet". The chassis a such is the same.

Folder 1939/40 without number - to compare with folder below.


This is from folder No2451B (no date)


Crosley Dealer Price list #11 from October 1, 1939
The folder with title: "In Minnesota and Western Wisconsin this 1939-1940 Radio Season" (but not having a number) contained a two paged "Large Dealer Price List" which shows us the consumer price and the wholesale price for the dealers. The cheapest model, 599A with 5 tubes is $ 7.99, dealer price $ 5.99 with a reduced margin. The most expensive Console with Phono combination, the model 639M with 6 tubes (also only broadcast band!) costs here $ 114.50 with dealer price $ 68.70.


The price list does not mirror the complete range and it is made by "Motor Power Equipment Co.", St. Paul, Minnesota. A wholesaler has a margin. Therefore Crosley received even less money for its sets.


This will be completed .... work in progress ...


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Crosley season 1931/1932 in primary sources: Radio Retailing
Ernst Erb

I started this analysis to determine the model years for Crosley radios in this article
"Crosley Radio models - sources for the beginning 1921-1930"
bei linking to the company history and then listing the models from the secundary source "Radio Collector's Guide 1921-1932".

The Crosley history we selected from the book of our member Alan Douglas, "Radio Manufacturers of the 1920s," Vol. 1, The Vestal Press Ltd., Vestal, NY (1988). There you have very good information about the main manufacturers in the USA - up to 1930.

For the time after this article, which covers two years, 1931 and 1932, you will find the
article for the season 1933/34 here

Before getting details from primary sources I list the models from the second part of "Radio Collector's Guide 1921-1932, where the models from 1931 and 1932 are not separated. We will have to find out by primary literature

Crosley pages 205 - 207 for 80 models (38 chassis)
for 1931 and 1932:


Radio Collector's Guide 1921-1932
Designation P-T-C $ Cab Sp Y
Elf A 5 TRF 37.50 M D  
Buddy Boy A 5 TRF 59.50 M D  
Buddy A 5 TRF 64.50 MC D  
Pal A 5 TRF 74.50 T D  
Mate A 5 TRF 79.50 C D  
New Classmate A 5 TRF 85.50 C D  
Wigit A 5 TRF 39.50 M D  
Johnnny Smoker A 5 TRF 47.50 SS D  
Show Boy 59 A* 5 TRF 49.50 M D  
Sonneteer 59 A* 5 TRF 59.50 C D  
Songster 59 A* 5 TRF 79.50 C D  
Oracle 59 A* 5 TRF 99.50 GC D  
Litlfella 125-N A* 5 SH 36.36 M D  
Litlboy 125 A* 5 SH 48.50 LB D  
28-N B 6 TRF 47.50 M -  
Director A 7 TRF 107.50 C D  
New Administrator A 7 TRF 112.50 C D  
Arbiter A 7 TRF 137.50 C D  
126-1 D 7 SH - ch -  
Sup.-Administrator 120 A* 8 SH 109.50 C D  
Super-Rondeau 120 A* 8 SH 119.50 C D  
Super-Sondo 120 A* 8 SH 189.50 C D  
Super Buddy Boy 123 A* 8 SH 65.-- M D  
Musicale 123 A* 8 SH 94.50 C D  
Play Boy 124-H A* 8 SH 49.75 M D  
Cheerio 124-J A* 8 SH 65.-- HB D  
Merry Maker 124-K A* 8 SH 75.-- HB D2  
Announcer 124-L A* 8 SH 85.-- HB D2  
Playtime 124-M A* 8 SH 95.-- GC D  
Minstrel 121-A A* 10 SH 129.50 HB D  
Troubadour 121-A A* 10 SH 199.50 RP D  
Minstrel 121-IC A* 10 SH 129.50 HB D  
Troubadour 121-ID A* 10 SH 199.50 RP D  
Tenstrike 127 A* 10 SH 69.50 M D  
Happy Hour 127 A* 10 SH 99.50 C D  
Happy Hour 127-1 A* 10 SH 109.50 C D2  
Roamio B 5 TRF - A -  
Roamio 92 B 6 TRF 59.50 A -  
Adapter 7-IF A 3 - 49.-- - -  
Totem U 4 TRF 19.99 Pr -  
Pup A 4 SH 25.-- Cpm D  
Tynamite 131 A 4 SH 29.75 M D  
Bonniboy A 4 SH 39.75 LB D  
Vagabond 141 A 5 SH 29.25 Stm D  
Nomad 141 A 5 SH 32.50 St D  
Bigfella 141 A 5 SH 48.48 C D  
Playtime Jr. 141 A 5 SH 79.75 GC D2  
Fiver 148 A 5 SH 19.99 M D  
Fiver Lowboy 148 A 5 SH 29.99 C D  
Book Case A 5 SH 34.75 BB D  
Jewel Case A 5 SH 34.75 CT D  
Sextet A 6 SH 34.95 M D  
Justice 129 A 6 SH 38.50 M D  
Sextet Lowboy A 6 SH 39.95 LB D  
Alderman 129-1 A 6 SH 46.50 St D2  
Judge 129-2 A 6 SH 48.50 C D  
Septet 158 A 7 SH 29.99 M D  
Septet Lowboy 158 A 7 SH 39.99 C D  
Forty Five A 7 SH 45.-- - D  
Discoverer A 7 SH 77.50 - D  
Caroler A 8 SH 59.75 C D  
Playtime A 8 SH 95.-- - D2  
128-2-EA B 8 SH 59.95 M -  
128-1-LC B 8 SH 73.50 C -  
Mayor 146 A 9 SH 49.95 M D  
Congressman 146 A 9 SH 57.75 St D2  
Senator 146 A 9 SH 59.95 C D  
Legislator 146-1 A 10 SH 75.-- C D2  
Secretary 136-1 A 10 SH 75.-- St D2  
Governor 136-1 A 10 SH 89.50 C D2  
Tenace A 10 SH 39.99 M D  
Tenace A 10 SH 49.99 LB D  
Adventurer A 12 SH 119.50 C D  
Symphony 132-1 A 12 SH 89.50 C D2  
Comissionar 132-1 A 12 SH 99.50 C D2  
Ambassadore 132-1 A 12 SH 119.50 C D2  
Chief 132-1 A 12 SH 139.50 C D2  
Roamio 95 B 6 SH 37.50 A D  
96 B 6 SH 39.50 A -  
9-2-FF (= Converter) - 2 - 22.50 St -  


In the book from Morgan E. McMahon you find  the following information for 1931/32 models:
Page 192 - the columns:
P = Power: A = AC, B = Battery, C = DC and U = universal (AC/DC). * = also 25 cycles.
T = Number of tubes (excluding ballast tubes - like we do!)
C = Circuit: N = Neutrodyne, REG = Regenerative, SH = Superheterodyne, TRF = Tuned RF.
Tubes = 6 columns depending of stages.

R = Range: B = Braodcast, L = Long Wave (550 - 2000 m), P = All Police and TV (75 - 200 m)
p = One police band (150 - 200 m), S = Short Wave (e.g. 15 - 200 m).

CONT = Control (like A = automatic tone compensation, N = autom. noise suppr., R = remote control, T = man. tone control, U = autom. selectivity adjustment, V = autom. volume control.

Tuning: D = Vernier Drive Dial, G = Four dials in one, M = Resonance Indicator, Q = Full vision dial.
S = Hair-line Shadow Dial, suffix 3 or 4 gang condensator.

Model designation (nunmbers and/or name(s)

Price: First advertised Eastern price with tubes - or * = without tubes.

Cabinet: A = Automobile Radio, BB = Book-Back Table Model, BC Bookcase with Clock, BR = Bar and Radio, C = Console, ch = Chassis only, CL = Consolette, CM = Console or Midget!, CN = Column, Cp = Compact, CT = Console Table, D = Desk-type Floor cabinet, GC = Grandfather Clock, HP = High Boy, HT = Home Talkie, K = Kit, LB = Lowboy, M = Mantle or Midget, m = Metal, MC = Mantle or Midget with Clock, ML = Metal Locker, Mn = MIniature, MP = Midget Radio Phonograph, MS = Midget or Chest, PA = Portable and Automobile, PN = Radio Piano, Pr = Portable, R = Rack, RP = Radio Phonograph Combination, SS = Smoking Stand, St = Chest, T = Tabel Model.

Speaker: (type and numbers of LS) D = Dynamic, M = Magnetic, D-M = Dynamic or Magnetic, PD Permanent Magnetic Dynamic (* = speaker cost extra).

Last column = NOTES: 46 different parameters! They are mostly empty. (17 for Crosley, 10 times d for "Class B amplification").


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Crosley Radio models - sources for the beginning 1921-1930
Ernst Erb

For dating radio models correctly, best is to use primary sources from the manufacturer or brand.
Crosley Radio Corporation
handed over fliers and folders, was present with ads in magazines but also on exhibitions - and soon also published "The Crosley Broadcaster". Unfortunately primary sources are scarse. Therefore we are bound to also use secondary sources like books about antique radios etc. We give here an overview and at the same time use this thread to gather information. Some questions will be pending. Thanks for the help of Alan Larsen, USA! He is really caring for the history, not only collecting boxes.

Here we start with some listings from "Radio Collector's Guide 1921-1932" (RCG) by Morgan E. McMahon, just to overlook different years:

The years covered up to 1930 are in the first part, page 51 through 54, including AMRAD in 1930. The two years 1931 and 1932 (not separated) are found on page 205 through 207 for 80 models with 38 chassis. Such books were very helpful - in the time before Internet - but can not be complete or accurate.

Besides original sources, I used these well researched books (references):
[1] = Crosley: two brothers and a business ... by Rusty McClure, David Stern, Michael A. Banks.
[2] = Radio Manufacturers for the 1920's, Vol. I - by Alan Douglas (RMorg member).
[3] = The golden age of Radio in the home - by John W. Stokes (late friend).
All others are named when used (like "Radio Retailing" etc.).

Pre 1921:

When his "radio story begins", Powel Crosley jr was already rich from selling accessories for the Ford Model T through his company "Americo" ("American Automobile Accessories Company" with partners Ira J. Cooper and Powel Crosley, 1916 but 1917 Crosley bought out Cooper). By 1918 a move had to be done to 1601 Blue Rock Street (six hundred square feet). The company grew to nearly 100 people. But when in 1919 cord tires came into use, he was in trouble and began to produce phonographs by buying Charles Kilgour's woodworking shop on Vanalia Avenue that made phonograph cabinets. The mechanisms were ordered by brother Lewis. January 1920, the first ads were published in "Talking Machine Dealer". Crosley's "Amerinola" were priced half of the usual cost and could even be bought on credit. He then bought National Label Company - to print his own catalogs, fliers etc. Because he managed to get a big Sears order, he hat do buy a two-story building at 365 Gulow Street.  [1]

Both pictures are from "Crosley: two brothers and a business ..." by Rusty McClure, David Stern, Michael A. Banks.

Someone who is interested in the whole history of Crosley Radio including environment, should have read the very intensively researched book.

Essential product of Crosley's "Americo" 1916 How "Americo" advertised in 1919


1921: Crosley Manufacturing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio. (first name)

History for the year:

In the book "Radio Manufacturers of the 1920's", by Alan Douglas, you see in volume 1, page 110 the start of Powel Crosley who was first with automobiles etc. In 1921 (February 21 [1]) he wanted to buy a radio for his son Powel III and was shocked about the price (130 $ or 119 $ depending on source) he would have to pay. He made a detector and then an audion and heard Precision's (brand ACE) station 8XB. Then he designed a tube socket of porcelain ("Better - costs less" was born [1]) and a simple wooden variable condenser, which he patented December 7, 1921 (filed). Crosley made also radio cabinets for private set builders - and later in the year also for radio manufacturers, for instance for Grebe. [2] Crosley had Midwest Radio to build a 3 tube set and a woodworking shop to build a cabinet for it. [1]

In 1921, Americo retooled its production to produce the first Crosley radio - and changed the company’s name to Crosley Manufacturing Co.

About in June, Crosley set two students of the University of Cincinnati to a co-op program, Dorman Israel and Emer Hentz at work to build the first Crosley radio in a part time job until 1923 (Israel went much later to Emerson). In September, the Crosley Crystal Receiver went on sale. The old English word "hark" gave it the name Harko. In July 1921 Powel Jr added a transmitter to become a broadcaster and got the license on July 1st for station 8XAA. The transmitter was a 4-tube 20 watt model. End of 1921 Hoover banned the amateurs from broadcasting and also 8XAA had to stop. March 1922 received a limited commercial license (#62) for 50 watts from Hoover and the Department of Commerce - for broadcast on 360 meters with the call sign WLW - to be shared with Precision Audio license #29 (December 31, 1921), WMH. It started March 23rd. [1]

Radio models and radio parts:

Harko (Crystal set). We should know the date of the first ad for this model. On the ad from October 1921 of "Radio News", page 314, it was called "Crosley Crystal Receiver" - "No batteries, tubes etc. required". Still it was offered with a battery for the interrupter for crystal testing including this item - for $ 7. Phones extra. The same ad offers the "Crosley Variable Condenser". A month later it had its name: "Harko Radio Receiver".

Ace AVC (ACE Regenerative Receiver Type AVC) - see also "Precision Equipment". On page 137, RCG mentions "Precision Equipment Co." only with a note "SEE Crosley Radio Corp." - what is wrong at that time.

Crosley Magfon was advertised in June 1921 "Radio News", p. 886 for $ 10. Not listed in RCG.

There is an ad in "Radio News", October 1921, page 314 and in "QST" of the same month for the "Crosley Variable Condenser" and the "Crosley Crystal Receiver" for $ 7 - which are not listed in RCG. Those are Crosley's first advertisings for radio and in the next month he added "Harko" to the same model. But also in October, Crosley offered different cabinets. The V-T-Socket was patented in December but I found an ad in QST July 1921 on page 115 (Dept. Q.S.T. #2) with a price of 60 cents and a picture of the first version, still shown also in February 1922. In the July 1921 ad can be read: "Watch for our announcement of new $ 1.00 Variable Condenser. We are also manufacturers of cabinets, Crosley Magfon, and other radio apparatus." Each different Crosley ad shows also a different department like "Radio Dept No. R-4B" for "Crosley Cabinets".

The three advertisements from 1921 have been given by member Alan Larsen.

They proove that in October 1921 the Crosley Crystal Receiver had this name (above left) but in the ad of next month, November 1921, it was called "Harko Radio Receiver" (above).

The third picture (left) is not from the magazine "Radio News" but from the magazine "Wireless Age".

The slogan "Better - - Costs Less" can be seen on all three advertisements. The reason was that the Crosley V-T (porcelain tube) socket for 60 cents whas then not only cheaper tan other products but really better - for then used bright emitter tubes, which got very hot.



History for the year:

See also the article: "Crosley 1922: a problem year"

In March 1922, besides the Harko Senior, also a two stage audio amplifier was offered for it in a matching cabinet. Soon Crosley sold 250 units of Harko Senior sets. At the same time some radio magazines, like "Radio Broadcast" (May 1922) and "Popular Radio" began to enrich the radio industry. In 1922 often companies could not fulfill their orders due to the too big demand. In 1922, RCA had a market share of only 20% of which Westinghouse made 40% and GE 60%. In May 1922 Crosley could move into the new 3 story brick-and-stone building at the corner of Colerain Avenue and Alfred Street, two miles south of Blue Rock, a building with thirty thousand square feet of space. By June, 500 radios a day were made, offering Harko Senior Model V, model X and model XV.[1]

In Summer 1922 the sunspot interference peaked and sets without regeneration had poor and only local reception. Also the many stations on 360 m became a big problem. Many sets came back from customers and piled up. The missing regeneration, a patent from Armstrong, was badly missed. In December Powel entered into an agreement with Tri-City Manufacturing in Davenport, Iowa, to assemble sets for Crosley with parts crosley shipped to them - for the Crosley model V - which is a Harko Sr. with regeneration built in. A metal faceplate shows: "Crosley regenerative tuner manufactured exclusively for Crosley Manufacturing Co., Cincinnati by Tri-City Radio Electrical Supply Co., under license under Armstrong U.S. Patent No. 1,113,149, October 6, 1914, for use by Radio Amateur stations ...". Tri-City was also manufacturing receivers for the Montgomery Ward chain store, subcontracting Briggs and Stratton of Chicago. Crosley was then one of the largest radio manufacturers, producing in three Crosley factories. Crosley sent out the first "Crosley Radio Weekly". 20 Million $ was the turnover for 1922.[1]

Hoover set up another broadcast wavelenght, 400 meters and a Class "B" station with a minimum of 500 watts. Crosley applied for that license and set Dorman Israel to work for a new transmitter and antenna. By November WLW could be heard from coast to coast - because the station operated at times with up to a thousand watts.[1]

Crosley for a short time made also headphones. "For a short while during 1922 a wooden cabinet containing an enclosed horn was produced as "Magfone". A single headphone earpiece is the driver unit." [3] In fact, "Magfon" (without the e) was advertised in June 1921.

Radio models and radio parts:

C.R. No-1 "Radio News" September 1922 as Crystal Receiver No. 1 for $ 25.

RFTA Amp. "Radio News" September 1922 for $ 15.
This is worth an article by Konrad Birkner. See there why this was in fact a TRF Audion.

Audion Det "Radio News" Febraury 1922 with overhanging lid and September 1922 as Crosley Audion Detector Unit without overhanging lid (for $ 7.50 - or 7 ?).

Two-Step Amp (first version with front switch)
"QST" July 1922, featured on page 135 no price), together with Harko Sr. V.
Two-Stage A.F. Amplifier 2-Step A.F.Amp. (without front switch)

Harko Sr = Harko Senior Regenerative, made by Tri-City (Tresco, December 1922).

The first Harko Senior is most probably the one with only a 3 step switch and overhanging lid. See the ad February 1922 in "Radio News", page 725. In May, "Radio Broadcast", page 81 is shown the combination with 2-Step-Amp, the Harko Senior having a 5 step switch and overhanging lid. All other ads we know show a 7-step switch and we don't know of existing others.

Harko Sr, also called Harko Senior first is without regeneration. For some time it has an overhanging lid cabinet, then an integrated lid. We don't know yet if the different construction of the Rheostat fall into the same change and why the schematic shows only 6 positions, but the model shows seven - all with wire connections. In December a Crosley ad shows 3 different models without regeneration, V-A, V-B and V-C and with the same model name but made by Tri-City - with regeneraten: V-A, V-B and V-C. There are also Harko Senior combinations offered like the Harko Senior Audion Receiver + Two-Step Amplifier Combination and the Harko Sr. + RFTA + Two-Step Amplifier Combination.

Harko Sr Audio We believe that this is an error at RCG it
is probably the Harko Sr. Amp. or Harko Senior V. below. But we have to clear the pictures and dates of the Harko. We show 9 Harko models.

Harko Sr. V
(V = number 5) "Non-regenerative, which means easy to tune without distortion."
"QST" July 1922, featured on page 135 for $ 20, together with "2 Step Amplifier" (no price).
"Radio News" September 1922, as No. 5 for $ 20. See also the Harko Senior V + Two-Step Amplifier Combination

Crosley VI (VI = Receiver No. 6) We show also a Special VI for 1922/23.
Ace Tru Concert Receptor (see the notes on the model regarding ACE/Crosley).
Ace We have no evidence for 1922 and believe it is a 1923 model.
IV (IV = number 4). We have no evidence for 1922 and believe it is a 1923 model.

X (X = number 10 - with arrow knobs) We added "Type 1" - see the ad below with picture and "Radio Broadcast Magazine" May 1923 ($ 55).
There may also be this model X (10) as an other version (? I have to clear the versions ..) - also $ 55.

XV (XV = number 15) The XV is a X with speaker ($ 70) - early version.
XX  (XX = number 20). XX is a model X with console. We call this "Early" ($ 100).
"Radio News" September 1922 , full page ad (Alan Douglas I, page 116) shows the three X models plus Crystal No.1 (fro $ 25), Audion Detector Unit ($ 7.50), Harko Sr. 5 ($ 20), R.F.T.A. Unit ($ 15), Receiver 6 ($ 30) and Two-Stage Audio Freq.Amp. ($ 25).

In February 1922 Crosley Mfg. Co offered in "Radio News" The Variable Condensers (new model C), Cabinets, Vario Couplers, Variometer parts, Rheostats see separate the Vario-Coupler page and the V-T Socket - besides the following sets: "Two Step Amplifier" (RCG), "Harko Radio Receiver" (RCG = Crystal Receiver), "Harko Senior Radio Receiver" (RCG = Harko Sr, in Dec. made by Tri-City) and "Detector Units" (in RCG named "Audion Det." - see all above). We show a page with 8 different "Various Combinations" suggested by Crosley.

In 1922 Crosley offered also a Crystal Detector Stand Wireless Specialty App.Co. - a part for building an individual own Crystal Receiver. See also the "Early 1922 Crosley Radio Products Catalog". There you see that the Harko Radio Receiver was also offered inclusive antenna etc. to $ 15 - and other information. ou find the Harko Senior with 5 step switch on page 4 or the Crosley Sheltran Audio Frequency Amplifying Transformer, Switch Taps, Binding Posts, Rheostat A for 6 ohms and Rheostat B for 4 ohms, 3 Amp. etc. The peep holes have no metal rim but the V-T socket has already "hollow throats".

Late models 1922/23:
In January 1923 Crosley had 6 big ads, covering pages 82 through 87 for new products. They were likely done in October 1922 - for the Christmas business. Alan Larsen: "There are a couple glaring errors in these ads as well on page 83 the advertisement for the Model XII-S states it is a four tube model but pictures a three tube VIII chassis and on page 87 the XV is labeled as a VX. Since the XII-S was a new model the ad was probably hurriedly put together."

CONDENSO-UNIT (picture missing yet)
DE-AMPLO-UNIT (picture missing yet)
DETECTO-UNIT (picture missing yet)
DUO-AMPLO-UNIT (picture missing yet)

TUNO-UNIT (picture missing yet)

The featured models were X (p. 82), XII-S, VI-S and VIII-S (p. 83), VI-P, VIII-P, Condenso-Unit, Detecto-Unit, Tuno-Unit (p. 84), De-Amplo-Unit, Duo-Amplo-Unit, Socket Adapter, price reductions for Harko Sr. V and Tos Steo Autiod Amp. (p. 85), VI, RFTA, V-T Socket, Variometer, Vario-Coupler and Rheostat (p. 86), X in cabinet as XXV, XX and VX (p. 87).

We have to clear the following models: VIII VIII-S and XII-S if they are really for 1922. I think 1923.

Part of page 11 Crosley catalog late 1922. 6 different Harko Senior.
Most of the early Crosley Harko sets have a stamped front panel for the legends.
There was also a later Harko Senior made that shows an engraved front panel.
This set has the Crosley logo with the lightning bolt through it and below it it has
"Harko Senior" engraved in the front panel.
There is quite some work open to get the different variants with pictures.


Picture from member Alan Larsen. This here was written by him on his 3rd day as a new member!

Only with some tricks, Crosley could withstand the problem of the sunspot interference mentioned above. One was the RFTA: Konrad Birkner's summary: "The so called Radio Frequency Tuned Amplifier RFTA is in fact a tuned audion. To achieve amplification in combination with HARKO Senior it was named Amplifier, not to confuse customers. By swopping tubes and shortcutting a component the combination acted as a tuned audion with RF-stage." Different models can be detected as early and others as late by the construction of the Rheostat. First it was common, from about October 1922 it showed an interesting own construction. See below. The Audion "grid combination" is in one piece.

The RFTA with the new type Rheaostat. Picture Alan Larsen.


The next thread (also in work) covers "Crosley season 1931/1932 in primary sources: Radio Retailing" (which is not yet public), followed by "Crosley 1932" (not yet public) and "Crosley folder 1933/1934, comparisons with Radio Retailing".


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Still in work ! All posts below ...


1923: Crosley bought Precision Equipment (ACE) in January

History for the year:

In the first days of the year, Powel bought Precision including the station, store and remaining stock for 40 thousand dollars and then Lewis had to close that company, hiring some of the personnel. Sets that came back could now get the regenerative circuit, a nwe nameplate and could be sent out again. The name plate was similar of that for Tri-City sets but read "Precision Equipment Company, of Cincinnati Ohio, Powel Crosley, Jr., President". A full page appeared in Febraury 1923 "Radio Broadcast" about the acquisition.[1]

Models offered:

3B Ace
3C Ace
V Ace
V Special
VC and 2A Ace
VI Portable
VIII Portable
XJ Puper, XL
Harko Sr. Reg.


Crosley Mfg. Co., ad in "Popular Science", March 1923, page 96 - mentions:
Model X, four tubes for $ 55. One tube regenerative receiver for $ 16 (made for us).
Console XXV for $ 150.


Ad in "Radio Broadcast Advertiser" May 1923.
You can compare the Harko Senior with the ones from 1922.

We have yet to find any documentation from Crosley on what were the differences
in the Harko Senior V-A, V-B, V-C, Vc or V-D or ....


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Ace 3C
Super VI
Super XJ, XL
50 and 50A amp.
51 and 51A amp.
51SD Special DeLuxe
52SD Special DeLuxe
Trirdyn 3R3 Panel
Trirdyn 3R3 Stand.
Trirdyn 3R3 Special
Trirdyn 3R3 Panel
Trirdyn 3R3 Newport
Trirdyn 3R3 Biltmore
Trirdyne 3R3 Super $ 50
Trirdyne 3R3 Super $ 60




"Popular Science" May 1924 (3 parts).



"Popular Science" November 1924, page 1.


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Super-Trirdyn Regular
Super-Trirdyn Special
Super-Trirdyne DeLuxe

October 1925 in "Popular Science", page 1: "Crosley Super-Trirdyn Special" $ 60, Crosley Musicone $ 17.50 and the "Super-Trirdyn De Luxe Combination" = "Super Trirdyn De Luxe" $ 60, "Musicone De LuxeW $ 27.50 and "Console Table" $ 25, complete $ 112.50.


"Popular Science", March 1925, page 1.


"Popular Science" September 1925, page 1.


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December 1926: Ad in "Popular Mechanics", page 130: "Pup" $ 9.75, "4-29" 4-tube, Crescendon equipped $ 29, "4-29 Portable" (RCG = 4-29P) $ 33, "5-50" for $ 50, "RFL-75" with "true cascade amplification $ 65, "5-75 Console" (5-50-receiver, Musicone speaker) $ 75, "Musicones" 12" for $ 12.40, "Super Musicone" $ §4.75, "Musicone Deluxe" $ 23.50 and a "Musiconsole" with room for batteries and accessories $ 32. A small notice mentions: "Heade Phones" $ 3. The main offer is the 5-tube "5-38" for $ 38. Crosley features "Crescendon", a knob for distant (weak) reception, all-metal shielded chassis, singel-dial station selector (single drum control) and "The Acuminators", for tuning weak stations - one can wonder what is the difference to the "Crescendon".

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AC7 (Balanced Input)
AC7C (Balanced Input)
Bandbox 601
Bandbox 602


"Popular Science" October 1927.

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Bandbox Jr. 401
Bandbox Jr. 401A
Gembox 608
Gemchest 609
Gemchest 610
Jewelbox 704
Jewelbox 704A
Jewelbox 704B
Showbox 705
Showbox 706

August 1928 there is an ad in "Popular Mechanics" which shows the "8 Tube AC Electric Jewelbox" for $ 95, the "8 Tube AC Electric Showbox" $ 80, the "6 Tube Improved Battery type Bandbox" $ 55, the "5 Tube Dry Cell operated Bandbox Jr." $ 35, and the loudspeakers "Dynacone" $ 25 and "Musicone" $ 15.


"Popular Science" January 1928 - about  the "AC Bandbox" in different cabinets.



ith Radio Retailing".

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708 Showchest
804 Jewelbox
30S Mnotrad
408 Unitrad

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Magazine "Women's Home Companion", October 1930, page 143.
The same models are shown in "The Crosley Broadcaster" September 1930, page 16.
"The Pal", "The NEW Buddy" and "The Mate" share the same chassis.


Crony 26J
Partner 26K
Mate 53E
Pal 53F
Wood's Desk 53M
New Buddy 54G
Director 76A
Director 77A
Arbiter 77B
Rondeau 84C
Sondo 84D
Roamio 90 (Car Radio)
Buddy Boy


The next thread (in work) covers "Crosley season 1931/1932 in primary sources: Radio Retailing" (which is not yet public), followed by "Crosley 1932" (not yet public) and "Crosley folder 1933/1934, comparisons with Radio Retailing".

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Crosley 1932 - in Radio Retailing and other Magazines
Ernst Erb

Radio Retailing was most probably the most often used magazine for dealers. For bigger advertisers most radios were covered in some way - either by ads or by short articles with some pictures by the editors. Together with Crosley folders and fliers we will get a rather true picture if we keep record here of the facts we can discover.

Just in short a list for 1932:

Inside Back Cover (IBC) general text full page with "Home of "the Nation's Station" - WLW.
Not mentioned on page 46 for new products.

New: Only Refrigerators - first time for Crosley (C-12 + "Home unit").
IBC: 1 paged ad:
Discoverer, a Lowboy 7 tubes, BC and SW,  23.75 x 40 x 11.875", $ 77.50;
Adventurer, 6 feet, stretcher, 12 tubes, BC and SW, 26.5 x 44 x 14", $ 119.50
"Other receivers" (probably not new):Littlfella at $ 36.36, Bigfella at $ 48.48, 5-tube Pntonde output.
8-tube Push-Pull series table, console and Grandfather clock from $ 49.75 to $ 95.
10-tube Push-Pull Meter tuning table $ 69.50, sic-legged cconsole $ 99.50.

Same in Febraury issue of "Radio & Electric Appliance Journal":
Page 8 ad one page - plus Page 43:
List of 18 radio models plus 4 battery versions for same name:
Tymamite $ 29.75, SuperHet: 24 35 47 80
Battery Playboy $ 39.50, SH: 8 tubes.
Bonnleboy $ 39.75, SH 24 35 47 80.
Litlfella $ 36.36, SH 24 24 35 47 80.
Bigfella $ 48.48, Same tubes as Litlfella.
*Playboy $ 49.75, SH, 24 27 27 35 35 47 47 80 * = C chassis add $ 7.50=36 36 36 36 37 71A 71A.
Caroler $ 59.75, SH, 24 27 27 35 35 47 47 80.
*Merrymaker $ 75, SH, 24 27 27 35 35 47 47 80, 2 speakers.
*Announcer $ 85, SH, 24 27 27 35 35 47 47 80, 2 speakers.
*Playtime $ 95, SH, 24 27 27 35 35 47 47 80, 2 speakers.
Tenstrike $ 69.50, SH, 24 27 27 27 35 35 35 47 47 80.
Happy Hour $ 99.50, SH, 24 27 27 27 35 35 35 47 47 80 (dual speakers for plus $ 10).
Battery Showboy $ 47.50, TRF, 31 31 31 32 32 32.
Battery Showboy Console $ 72, TRF, 31 31 31 32 32 32.
Battery Console $ 79.50, SH, 8 tubes.
Playtime Jr. $ 79.75, SH, 24 24 35 47 80.
Discoverer $ 77.50, A-W Comb. SH, 24 24 25 47 80 and 27 24.
Adventurer $ 119.50, A-W Comb., SH, 35 35 35 47 47 24 27 27 27 80 and 27 24.

IBC one paged ad: Titlfella $ 36.36, Tynamite $ 29.75, Playboy $ 49.75
Bigfella console $ 48.48, Playtime Jr. clock $ 79.75, Bonniboy $ 39.75,
Tenstrike $ 69.50, Happy Hour console $ 99.50 (dual speaker $ 109.50) SH, meter tuning.
BC+SW Discoverer $ 77.50, 7 tube; Adventurer $ 119.50, SH 12 tube.
None page 47 (new).

IBC one paged ad: Tynamite $ 29.75; Caroler console 8-tube SH $ 59.75
plus: 4 tubes: Tynamite $ 29.75 , Bonniboy $ 39.75; 5 tubes: Litlfella, Bigfella, Playmate Jr.
7 tubes: Forty Five $ 45; 8 tubes: Playboy, Caroler, Merry Maker (dual Sp), Announcer (dual sp.)
Playtime (dual sp) $ 95. 10 tubes: Tenstrike $ 69.50, Happy Hour (dual sp) $ 109.05.
BC + SW = Discoverer (7-tubes) $ 77.50 and Adventurer (12 tubes) $ 119.50.
New page 49: 4-tube Superhet: Tynamite and Bonniboy (console) $ 39.75.
With dual dynamic speaker: Merrymaker $ 75; Announcer $ 85, Playtime $95 and optional in clock Happy Hour.

IBC one paged ad: Only Crosley Radio "You're THERE with a Crosley."
New: none on page 40.

IBC one paged ad: Only Refrigerator model C-45.
New none for 8th Annual RMA Trade Show Chicago (p 24 ff), non at "New", page 52.

IBC one paged ad: 1932/33: Vagabond $ 29.25, Nomad $ 32.50, Justice $ 38.50, Alderman $ 46.50, Judge $ 48.50, Congressman $ 57.75, Senator $ 59.95, Pup $ 25, Mayor $ 49.95, 12 tube: Commissioner console $ 99.50, Ambassador console $ 119.50, BC+SW: Secretary (chest model, 10 tubes, two speakers! ) $ 75, Governor (console) $ 89.50.
New page 34: the same are listed with some details.

IBC one paged ad: Pup is now $ 26! - they are (nearly) all a bit more expensive than the month before!
New - on page 46: Auto-Radio Roamio $ 37.50, HS, 6 tubes for "undercar antenna". C-35 refrigerator.

IBC one paged ad: 9 Superheterodynes plus the 3 Refrigerators C-35, C-45 and C-55:
Shown: Major $ 55, Congressman $ 59.95, Senator $ 65, Legislator $ 75.
New page 42 = none.

IBC one paged ad: Temporator Hater and Fan ... General text ...
Missing pages 35 to 44 (with "New")! But Crosley is page 46 - only "Temporator" heater-fan.

IBC one paged ad: Sextet (6 tubes) $ 34.95, Fiver (cathedral, 5 tubes) $ 19.99.
Sextet Lowboy $ 39.95, Fiver Lowboy $ 29.99, Book Case $ 34.75, Jewel Case $ 34.75.
New = page 36: Chief 12 tube super console, Book Case and Jewel Case, Fiver (Midget + Lowboy).

IBC one paged ad: Fiver Lowboy $ 29.99, Septet $ 29.99, Septet Lowboy $ 39.99, Jevel Case $ 34.75, Book Case $ 34.75, Symphony $ 89.50, Fiver $ 19.99. All with pictures.
New: none on page 34.



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Crosley folder 1933/1934, comparisons with Radio Retailing
Ernst Erb

I received from member Julie McCall a page from a folder called

"Moderne Radios", Crosley Form No. 1416.

Because she told me that she looked up also a book from Mark V. Stein, I looked up the many folders I bought from him, together with many magazines. Yes, it is here. Unfortunately it is hard to find collectors who go beyond loading up their pictures and help directly to improve "the most complete reference work on radios and related" by loading up pictures from folders or magazines and creating model pages if necessary or to correct them. Therefore this most interesting literature is waiting ...

Just as a sample I do here the same as I did for catalogs from Lafayette - but simpler: I list all 15 models in this folder and will link this text to all models concerned. This can be done with other folders and immediately somebody interested has the full sketch including models which were carried on in other folders etc.

This folder starts with the cheapest sets, ending with the most expensive:

Travo De Luxe   (163)
Has a satinwood overlay front, zebra wood overlays above and below the grille.
Radio Retailing (RR) December 1933 Inside back cover for $ 19.95.
RR March 1934 Inside back cover for $ 19.95 but now tubes 78, 6F7, 38 and 12Z3.
At the same page is Dual Seventy for $ 59.50, Dual Twelve Moderne fro $ 85 and Dual fiver for $ 26.

Travo   (166)
RR June 1933, page 22 for $ 12.99. There are two slightly different forms - but June was the same?

Travette Moderne   (182)
RR December 1933 Inside back cover for $ 26.

Travette   There is also a Dual Travette 176.
RR April 1933, page 39 for $ 19.95 as cabinet "Travette" or "Companion" (78, 78, 77, 38, 12Z3).
Details and photos Inside back cover.
RR December 1933 Inside back cover for $ 23.50.

Folder 1933/34: Wood, Thumbstone 9.75 x 12.25 x 7.75", 58 osc., 6F7 IF+Det., 2A5 Outp., 80.
RR December 1933 Inside back cover for $ 19.99.

New Fiver
Folder 1933/34: Wood, Thumbstone 11.25 x 13.625 x 7.75", 58 osc., 58 IF, 57 Det., 2A5 Outp., 80.  
RR December 1933 Inside back cover for $ 23.50.

Dual Fiver (New Fiver with dual range)
Folder 1933/34: Wood, Thumbstone 11.25 x 13.625 x 7.75", 58 osc., 58 IF, 57 Det., 2A5 Outp., 80.
RR December 1933 Inside back cover for $ 26.

Dual Fiver Lowboy  

RR December 1933 Inside back cover for $ 39.50.

Dual Sixty  
RR December 1933 Inside back cover for $ 35.

Dual Sixty Lowboy
RR December 1933 Inside back cover for $ 50.  

Dual Seventy Lowboy
Dual Seventy    

Dual Ten Moderne (Dual 10 Moderne)

RR December 1933 Inside back cover for $ 69.50.

Dual Twelve Moderne

Dual 140

Folder 1933/34: Wood, Lowboy 6 feet no stretcher, 26 x 41.25 x 15", 12" speaker, 14 tubes:
5 x 58, 55, 3 x 56, 4 x 45, 5Z3.

The main question is now to match the missing 4 models Forty, New Fiver, Dual Fiver and Dual 140 with the models we show with numbers only - and not creating doublets ...
And to determine the year of market introduction and last sale.
Answers from guests or photos via contact form are welcome.

My folder has a typewriter notice: Steiner Radio Service, 155 Thurman Street, Bluffton, Ohio. There are prices written with a pencil to each of the sets.

Crosley starts with a title: "Supreme Beauty in Line, Color, Form!" And one of the content reads: "In the new Crosley ultra-moderne radio receivers, will be found a beauty that appeals irresistibly to those sophisticated men and women who understand, appreciate and admire the advanced, the modern and the daring. ..."  At the end is a table with frequencies with the following title: "Dual Range" and entry text: "One of the most interesting recent engineering achievements has been the provision of receiving the short wave band from 90 to 200 meters, or 1500 to 3500 kc. The real interest in this moderately short wave band differs  from the extreme short wave bands in that the thrill lies in the material broadcast and received, more so than any unusual distance reception. One need only refer to the table below to grasp this idea."

0540 - 1500 Broadcast
1500 - 1568 Police and television sound channels
1572 - 1576 State police
1576 - 1700 Police and experimental television
1700 - 1703 Aviation
1706 - 1716 Police
1716 - 2000 Amateur
2000 - 2300 Experimental television
2300 - 2312 Ship and government
2312 - 2320 Aviation
2320 - 2412 Ship, government and aviation
2412 - 2472 Police and government
2472 - 2500 Government and aviation
2504 - 2508 State police
2508 - 2748 Ship, government and aviation
2748 - 2848 Government and experimental television
2848 - 3110 Aviation and government
3110 - 3495 Ship, government and aviation

Since this folder is without any date, I might later browse through some of the magazines "Radio Retailing" to note the different dates a model has been mentioned there.

From the 7 folders I have, this is the oldest one, following one from 1936 (for 1935/36).
For 1933/34 relating to crosley we can now complete the information and it will stick to all models concerned. And we can link this with other Crosley folders.

Other Crosley in "Radio Retailing" 1933 and around this:

December 1932, Inside back cover: Fiver Lowboy $ 29.99, Septet $ 29.99, Septet Lowboy $ 39.99, Jevel Case $ 34.75, Book Case $ 34.75, Symphony $ 89.50, Fiver $ 19.99. All with pictures.

January 1933, Inside back cover: Tenace (10 tubes) $ 39.99 and Tenace console $ 49.99, Septet (7 tubes) $ 29.99, Septet console $ 39.99 and Fiver for - 19.99 and as Fiver console $ 29.99.

March 1933, page 37: Twelve as table model $ 49.99 or Twelve lowboy $ 59.99 (photo), Leader for $ 14.99.

April 1933, page 39 for $ 19.95 as cabinet style "Travette" or "Companion" (78, 78, 77, 38, 12Z3).
Both are also described in detail on that Inside back cover with bigger pictures.

June 1933, page 19, Crosley Twelve (12 tubes) for $ 59.99. Page 20, Crosley Leader D for $ 17.50 with 4 tubes, dual range, cathedral cabinet.

July 1933, page 27: Crosley line: Casa D, four 5 tube dual range models, Gothic Midget, Cabriolet, Sheraton and a low boy. With 7 tubes Gothic Midget, Celarette (with drop front lid exposing set) and a lowboy. Two 10-tube models, a midget and a lowboy as well as two 12 tubers and a 14-tube lowboy. Also a SW converter and remote speakers like "Repose", or "Fire Screen" are described and priced.

January 1934, page 30
"A complete new line of moderne radios and a new Tri-Shelvador refrigerator were shown fo the first time at the convention of the Crosly Radio Corp, Cincinnati, Jan 3 and 4:":

Dual 70 Lowboy (photo+folder), Dual Fiver Lowboy $ 39.50, Dual Fiver table $ 26, Dual Sixty Lowboy $ 50, Dual Sixty table  $ 35, Dual Seventy Lowboy $ 59.90, Dual Seventy midget $ 45, Dual Ten Moderne $ 69.50, Dual Twelve Moderne $ 85 - all for 540-3495 kc. Travette Moderne $ 28, Forty, an uprigtht table radio, wod $ 19.99, New Fiver, similar in design  $ 23.50, Travo $ 18.50, Travo De Luxe wood $ 19.95. New: Car radio Roamio 103 for $ 44.50.

Only Travette from the folder is missing here. But all except Dual Seventy and Dual Seventy Lowboy and Dual Twelve Moderne were featured in RR December 1933, Travo in June 1933 - but Travo is known in two slightly different cabinets! See also the price difference: June $ 12.99, December $ 18.50! December in RR means that RR must have had the data at least a month before - November or October.

The folder reflects the new sets only and was at least also done for this exhibition.
The main question is: Were they sold before Christmas or only in 1934?
Ads in consumer publications could answer this.

By the way: Inside back cover of the 1933 Radio Retailing there is mostly a full paged add for Crosley Electrical Refrigerator like the Shelvador or models D-35 ($ 89.50), D-45 and D-60 for $ 130 (June 1933). But also car radios like "Roamio 102" for $ 37.50 and Deluxe Roamio "99" für $ 49.95 in July 1933 are promoted there.

1933/34 or 1934?
The editors of "Radio Retailing" create some pages under "New Merchandise ..." This below shows a part from issue January 1934, page 30. Here again remains the question  of how long before has the information come in before and when was the last date to prepare the monthly magazine. This text below with pictures can in conjunction with earlier and later ads and other sources tell us if the models are for 1933/34 or very early models for 1934.


Edited text in "Radio Retailing" January 1934, page 30.

Ernst Erb

I miss a folder or other primary information about the Crosley radios 1935 (for eason 1934/35).
Who can send us a scan of a folder or other primary information (like ads) for that period?

Ernst Erb

I could only copy an eBay offer of a folder "The new 1936 Crosley Radios". It is of such poor quality that I just use the basic information for that Crosley season 1935/36.

List of the (32) models found:
New Travo, $ 25.00, 4-tube superheterodyne for AC/DC 110 Volts. Two double purpose knobs, pilot light. Moving coil electrodynamic speaker. Tubes 78, 6F7 (IF) 45 (output), 25Z5.

Fiver, $ 19.99,
5-tube superheterodyne, 2 bands

Galleon, $ 29.95

Galleon Console, $ 44.50

Privateer, $ 25.00

32 DC Six, $ 47.50

32 DC Six Console, $ 64.50

Roamio A145, $ 36.95

Roamio A155, $ $ 47.50

Back side:

Cruiser, $ 47.50

Cruiser Console, $ 59.50

Buccaneer, $ 39.95

Olympia, $ 45.00

Buccaneer Console, $ 54.50

Olympia Console, $ 59.95

Clipper, $ 85.00

Constitution, $ 99.95

Corsair, $ 55.00

Merrimac, $ 65.00

Corsair Console, $ 69.95, Merrimac Console, $ 79.95

Viking, $ 65.00

Monitor, $ 77.50

Viking Console, $ 85.00

Monitor Console, $ 97.50

Clipper Console, $ 100.00

Constitution Console, $ 115.00

Battery Four, $ 19.99, Battery Five, $ 29.95

Battery Five Console, $ 49.95

Battery Six, $ 69.50

Battery Six Console, $ 84.50

Battery Eight, $ 59.95

Battery Eight Console, $ 74.50

An other folder ?
In bold is the content above, in blue when not found above (additional)


The Crosley folder "The new Crosley Radios for 1936" from 1935, Form No. 1594, shows the following models:

Table radios 5 tube: Fiver ($ 19.99), Privateer ($ 25), Crosley A.F.M ($ 29.95).
Consoles 5 tube: A.F.M. Console ($ 47.50), Fiver Console ($ 37.50).
New Travo as a 4 tube AC/DC receiver for $ 25 as the only table radio which is not a tombstone.

On one page (if totally unfolded) and on the other side:

Table radios 6 tubes:
Buccaneer ($ 39.95), Olympia (Metal Tubes, $ 45), Cruiser (same as Buccaneer but for AC/DC 110, $ 47.50).

Table radios 7 tubes:
Corsair ($ 55), Viking (5 band, $65).

Table radios 8 tubes:
Merrimac ($ 65).

The same chassis went into consoles:
Buccaneer Console for $ 54.50, Olympia Console $ 95.95, Cruiser Console $ 59.50,
Corsair Console $ 79.95, Merrimac Console $ 89.95, Viking Console $ 85.00,
Monitor Console $ 97.50, Challenger Console $ 115 (above called Constitution Console), Barkentine Console $ 137.50 and
Dreadnaught Console for $ 149.50.

What we miss in this folder, compared to the one above:
Galleon, $ 29.95, Galleon Console, $ 44.50, 32 DC Six, $ 47.50, 32 DC Six Console, $ 64.50, Roamio A145, $ 36.95, Ramio A155, $ 47.50, Clipper, $ 85.00, Constitution, $ 99.95, Monitor, $ 77.50, Clipper Console, $ 100.00, Constitution Console is probably "Challenger Console", $ 115.00 and 7 Battery radios.

The highlights listed for Crosley model 1936 are Auto Expressionator, Automatic Bass Compensator, Cardiamatic Unit, High Fidelity, Vibracoustic Sounding Board, Magnum Dial With Timelog Tuning and Shadowgraph Tuning Monitor. Naturally not each of the models show these features.

What is missing in this folder is the numeric designations like Buccaneer 635-M or 635 and we don't know perhaps all variants and the reasons for them (later, earlier?) as can be seen on Buccaneer as one with wooden knobs or knobs of Bakelite.

John Kusching

From my Crosley material, there are individual "Crosley Service Bulletins", which were later called "Crosley Service Supplements".  These are labeled individually, with my set starting with No 32 and ending with No 300 (although I am missing some which include 233 thru 266).

There is an interesting Index that came with this material, which cross references the Sales Name, Sales Model Number, Chassis Number and model year.  The index is shown below.  Since this index starts with supplement 51, there must be an earlier index which I assume starts with bulletin #1.

John Kusching

From the "Crosley Service Manual, 1943 and Earlier", there is also a Model-Chassis Cross reference List that is helpful to this thread.

Crosley Radio Corp.; Cincinnati (OH)
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