Silvertone Model 6012 Bakelite Radio (1947)
I picked up this radio in the late 1990s in my home town of
New London, Minnesota. Despite its "well-loved" exterior,
the radio's internals still plays beautifully
In the tuning pushbuttons at the top, you can see call letters
for three stations I listened to while growing up: WCCO,
WDGY, and KWLM. My mom played WCCO every morning while she
bustled around readying things for us kids. WDGY is one of
the stations I listened to in my room during high school, on a
venerable Silvertone 4485 console that my mom called "The Boomer," because you could hear
its robust bass tone all through the house.
Notice the arrangement of the numbers on the tuning dial. Most
slide-rule type dials go from smaller to bigger, left to right,
but this one has the bigger numbers to the left.
I have one other
radio, a Philips BX135U, with
that odd type of dial. That radio was also portrayed, along with my website,
in a feature movie. See Phil's Old Radios Stars in a Movie.