Tusk Ivory Art Deco Industrial 1946 Addison Model 55 Bakelite AM Vacuum Tube Radio with Toaster Envy!
DESCRIPTION: This radio is a beautiful example of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. Not sure which came first but Bendix Model 526 of the same time frame looks resoundingly similar. Which one do you prefer? Plus, the two designs could easily be mistaken for a toaster. Cute as a button! Tabletop tube AM radio manufactured by Addison of Toronto Canada in 1946 timeframe in excellent+ working and physical condition. Look at the ivory plaskon! By contrast, the Bendix 526 was molded in brown bakelite then painted ivory color. This is a rare model from a rare quality manufacturer of some of the best pedigree. Just take a look at Addison Model 2 "Waterfall" and Model 5 "Courthouse." How sweet is that? Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial without need of external antenna attachment. Original molded plaskon is in excellent condition. Original factory molded in ivory color. Not repainted. No cosmetic repairs necessary. No cracks, splits, warping, or missing material. Has built in handle in back which is very functional. This radio is over 70 years old! The original knobs are in good condition and are not painted. They are molded in reddish orange plastic. The volume on/off knob is secure. No missing ink, smudges, or rub-off on dial lettering. The tuning dial works fine. The dial plastic is not cracked! Dial numbering is clear intact no rub off or flaking. All paper and wax capacitors have been replaced with modern equivalents so this radio has another 50+ years or more of playing time! This radio is a good player. Tunes in loudly to stations with no humming or buzzing. The tubes are working fine. All out-of-spec resistors have been replaced with modern correct value and voltage equivalents. There is no loud or pervasive hum. There is no loud or pervasive static between stations unless you operate near modern megahertz devices. The power cord and plug are in good original working condition with no cracks, or splits. No exposed wiring. The radio has been thoroughly cleaned and inspected. All wiring has been thoroughly checked for possible bridging and weak solder connection. Comes from non-smoking, mature, clean, professional environment.
DIMENSIONS: Approximately 11" x 6" x 8" (l x w x h)
COLOR: Ivory molded plaskon
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Product: antique radio, vintage radio, retro radio, vacuum tube radio, AM radio, art deco, mid-century product.
Cabinet construction: plaskon
Country of manufacture: USA
Electronics: Mounted circuit board or chassis. Vacuum tube circuit.
Vacuum tubes: tested and working. Amplifier, converter, detector, pre-amplifier, rectifier