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Playtime or Play-Time 124

Playtime or Play-Time 124; Crosley Radio Corp.; (ID = 1076336) Radio
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Playtime or Play-Time 124; Crosley Radio Corp.; (ID = 456148) Radio
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For model Playtime or Play-Time 124, Crosley Radio Corp.; Cincinnati (OH):
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Country:  United States of America (USA)
Manufacturer / Brand:  Crosley Radio Corp.; Cincinnati (OH)
Year: 1931/1932 perfect model Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
Valves / Tubes 8: 35 27 24A 35 27 47 47 80
Main principle Superhet with RF-stage; ZF/IF 175 kHz; 2 AF stage(s)
Tuned circuits 7 AM circuit(s)
Wave bands Broadcast only (MW).
Power type and voltage Alternating Current supply (AC) / depending on transformer - see in the notes, 110 Volt
Loudspeaker Electro Magnetic Dynamic LS (moving-coil with field excitation coil)
Power out
from Model: Playtime or Play-Time 124 - Crosley Radio Corp.;
Material Wooden case
Shape Grandfather Clock with Radio.

Crosley sold different "Grandfather Clock Radios", at least the models "The Play-Time" 1-M or I-M chassis 124, sometimes called 124 Playtime (8 tubes: 35 RF, 27 osc, 24A 1st det, 35 IF, 27 2nd det + AF, 47, 47, 80) and sometimes called 124-M Playtime - with the same tubes and probably look ... We can not yet decide if it is the same model or if we should unite them on one model page. See also the cathedral radio 124 or 124-M Playboy, consoles 124 Cheerio, 124 Merrymaker and 124 Announcer with this chassis with push-pull output and speakers 306-J or 306-M. 3 different transformers were available - at least for the ordinary radios with chassis 124: 110 Volts 60 cycles (P53), 110 Volts 25 cycles (P52) or 220 Volts 25 cycles (P51). 3-gang tuning capacitor, no AVC. Volume is regulation of antenna. There is a tone control, perhaps featured as noise killer.

At about the same time was the Grand Father Clock Radio "Oracle 59" (tubes 35, 35, 24, 47, 80). Those were followed by the 125 Playtime jr. (with tubes 24A, 35, 24A, 47, 80) and by the 141 Playtime jr. (with 24,58, 57, 47, 80) Grandfather Clock Radios, which also could be written as Play-Time.

Price in first year of sale 95.00 $ !
Source of data Collector's Guide to Antique Radios (6th edition)
Circuit diagram reference Rider's Perpetual, Volume 2 = 1932 (Models 1931/1932)
Mentioned in Radio Retailing (Radio & Television R.) (December 1931, inside back cover.)

Model page created by Konrad Birkner † 12.08.2014. See "Data change" for further contributors.

All listed radios etc. from Crosley Radio Corp.; Cincinnati (OH)
Here you find 1664 models, 1001 with images and 1142 with schematics for wireless sets etc. In French: TSF for Télégraphie sans fil.


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Crosley Radio Corp.;: Playtime or Play-Time 124
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Dave McClellan

I have two Crosley 124 Grandfather Clock radios.  Both cabinets labels state:

THE PLAY-TIME (all caps)
     MODEL I-M   (or possibly 1-M) don't know which.

I was just curious if there are other variations.  Mine looks identical to the one in the Museum photos.  A 124-M variation is mentioned there.


Ernst Erb

Dear Dave
Thank you for telling.
I really don't know if the Grandfather Clock Radio 124 and the 124-M or 1-M (I-M) are totally the same and only mentioned differently or if we find differences. I'm trying to get more ads, folders, fliers or catalogs for early Crosleys for finding better data.
Would you have anything of that for me (for instance just a scan)?

I worked a bit on Crosley and wrote an article (January) - just for my own sake, but I think I can put it now into a public board - but it is not finished ... Hopefully I will later be able to link it to models concerned and vice versa. This is another source I'm dealing with. Here is also the list for 1932 for "Radio Retailing".

What I can tell for the model I have now written to the notes, giving links to all other Crosley Grandfather Clock Radios plus on the models we show for your chassis 124. Can you please check my English and if other errors occur? After that I would like to copy parts to the other models with chassis 124.

Can you please measure the sizes of your set(s) and enter it on both models?
Would be good if you could take photos with 1400 pixels hight of the full set frontal and one from a bit a side - and the back, then the escutcheon with the knobs in 933 pixels width and also separate the loudspeaker, the chassis and the clock - also from behind.

If you have to do a repair, please take photos of the original wiring BEFORE repair. Thank you.


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