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Crosley season 1931/1932 in primary sources: Radio Retailing

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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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This article was edited 31.Aug.12 11:31 by Ernst Erb .

  
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