A visual exploration of a beautiful piece of electronics from our past. Exquisite craftsmanship and quality abound.
I absolutely love looking at old electronics. The differences between how we look at our electronics now, as opposed to different times in our past, can be quite intriguing. The build quality, the traces of human imperfection, the design philosophy differences... It is all fun to take in, and every era has something interesting to offer.
Today's Antique Electronics Autopsy is an RCA Radiola 16. Released in 1927, it initially cost $82.50, including the radiotrons. Follow along with me as I inspect and explore this beauty.
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The RCA Radiola 16.
I'd love it if any of you could share any insight or observation on this radio. Being a fairly young guy, this is like an archeological dig for me, and any information would be extremely interesting.
I took these pictures myself, this morning, if you find there is an image that particularly strikes you, feel free to ask for a full-resolution version.