Radio Retrospective

We’ve been taking a little look back at some of the radios we’ve rescued in 2016. Bring on 2017 there’s work to be done.  



Radio Review

Seems like a good time to look back at the edited highlights of 2015.

Radios from the forties to the seventies sent far and wide across the UK and internationally from Copenhagen to Kuala Lumpur.

We’ve now cleared the bench, rearranged the workshop, dusted off some different dirty radios and we’re ready for action.

Bring on 2016.


Memories Are Made of This


1956 Vintage Valve radio made by Philips GB.

What can I say about this tip top, table top radio?  It has a distinctive claret and gold radio dial, piano keys, and is in a really good condition for its age.  It bears the familiar Philips trademark, which although I’ve seen countless times, I can only now, after a little research, appreciate its significance.


The waves and the stars symbolise radio waves with the stars representing the ether of the evening sky through which radio waves travel.  How poetic.  It must have been a good design because it has certainly stood the test of time.  First making its appearance  back in 1926 on the packaging of miniwatt radio valves, and on the Philigraph, an early sound recording device.

In 1956 the collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? was created by Richard Hamilton for the exhibition This is Tomorrow at the Whitechapel Art Gallery.  This was thought to be the first example of a new exciting art genre and he subsequently became known as the father of Pop Art.


Smooth operator Dean Martin spent four weeks topping the charts with Memories are Made of This and in complete juxtaposition, the loud and leary Mr Punk, Johnny Rotten was born.

John Lydon Public Image Limited (PiL) Taken at...

John Lydon Public Image Limited (PiL) Taken at Bingley Music Live, September 04 2010. John Lydon – Legend (aka Johnny Rotten of Sex Pistols fame) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vintage Farmyard Radio


Stage One, the spiders have been evicted, the cabinet has been cleaned, sanded and had two coats of undercoat.


Stage Two, we finally agreed on a colour.  Bakelite Cossor Melody Makers are close to our hearts.  Back in the eighties, a Melody Maker was the first of our vintage valve radios bought from an antique shop in Gwydir Street in Cambridge.  Who would have imagined that all these years later we would be sharing our love of vintage radios and renovating and restoring them.