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The Boatanchor Collection
These are all non-portable domestic and military communications receivers from the 1940's and 1950's (commonly known as 'boatanchors') and feature in my collection of 40 sets.
'Boatanchors' - an American pejorative used to describe very heavy (and usually ex-military) valve driven radio sets that were disposed of when their new-fangled solid-state 'replacements' were introduced. In recent years, however, this has been extended to cover early transistor sets as well - these tend to be known as 'canoe-anchors'.
They have a unique style that dates from the 1940's and 1950's that is, at once, both functional yet aesthetically pleasing. The Hallicrafters domestic Ham sets of the mid to late 1950's, in particular, seem to reflect some of the design cues from the automobiles of the time. Additionally, the military tube sets - particularly the Racal RA17 - gave a level of performance that was not matched or exceeded by transistorised sets for many years.
NB: You may see references to source material in these pages as follows...
'Osterman' - "Shortwave Receivers Past & Present: Communications Receivers 1942-1997" ed. Fred Osterman, Universal Radio, Reynoldsburg, OH, 1998.
'Dachis' - "Radios By Hallicrafters" by Chuck Dachis, Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA., 1996.