1955 Murphy Monster


Next up, a 1955 Murphy Monster.  This was the top of the range Vintage Radio complete with a Magic Eye tuning indicator and walnut cabinet.   The first of the Murphy radios to support the brand new VHF waveband which began in 1954.

The BBC launched a new radio transmission system using FM  originally designed for use with an roof top aerial.   Surprisingly, until the end of the 1960s, VHF radios were often also built into TV sets.  Technology was growing apace even back in the day.

Murphy rose to the challenge and produced a quality receiver for the improved sound quality available from the new system.  This set was larger than the equivalent radio from the previous year and the FM reproduction was very good.

To reflect the improved sound quality, Murphy moved away from the all wood cabinets and used gold in the cabinet design as decoration on the tuning dial, trim and knobs.  It was posh with knobs on.


  1. macingosh · July 19, 2013

    The most stylish monster I’ve ever seen. Wanna have.

  2. waynesradios · July 19, 2013

    This one has gone … but we’ve got plenty more all shapes and sizes. Everyone has a story to tell.

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