Check out the FB10 made in 1950 by Kolster Brandes. Originally marketed as The Magic Midget and now more commonly known as The Toaster.
Moulded in one piece with no cardboard back, it looks good from any angle and the controls cleverly sit, neatly balancing the shape, in the bottom corners like little feet.
At only 25 x 17 x 16 cm, it is indeed a tiny little thing and a dead ringer for a 1950’s toaster, both a wonderful piece of practical design.
It’s always a bit exciting when we put the radio back together. Adding a modern finish to a vintage valve radio is something of a leap of faith, but when this is what it starts out like this …
… it just has to be done.
The 1959 Kolster Brandes Nocturne has an unusual shape, resembling a wedge of cheese from the side, and fortunately had retained all its original parts. We particularly liked how the cream knobs were off-set on the front and so we just went for it.
The cabinet front was painted in a bright zingy orange to bring out the colour in the tuning dial. After several hours work, the radio was reassembled, whilst we held our breath. We think the final result, once again, has made it all worthwhile. The 1959 Kolster Brandes Nocturne is now a thing of great beauty and sounds great.
We call this the toaster. If it’s good enough for the V&A it’s good enough for Wayne’s Radios. They have theirs in storage but we’ve got one ready and waiting to be restored and you could have one on permanent display. This lovely looker was designed by Lawrence Griffin and made in moulded Bakelite by Kolster Brandes Ltd in the early fifties. Although this was the first British radio to sell over one million, it is sadly the only one we’ve found so far.