The Guide to Old Radios takes a comprehensive look at vacuum tube radios built from the early 1900s through the 1950s. A brief introduction to the basic science of radio is followed by several chapters which chronicle the progress of radio technology, from the battery operated sets of the early 1900s, to the deco masterpieces of the late 1930s, through the plastic table radios of the 1950s. Chapters are well-illustrated with photos of various models and document the changing styles and features. The historical perspective is followed by chapters on collecting radios, and contains such topics as how to date radios by feature and appearance, where to find them, what to look for, and how much to pay. A lengthy price guide is also included.
Whether you are a collector or are just interested in the history behind a family heirloom, the Guide to Old Radios is a great starting point.
Reviewed by pk, 10/98. Other reviews by pk.