Zenith Model 801, 1935.  Generally, the Zenith model number and pricing scheme was simple.  The lowest model number in the series was the least expensive.  This was not the case with the 801 which had a list price of $34.95, five dollars more than the model 805 cathedral.  The model 805 is significantly smaller in stature than the models 825 and 827, the other mantle sets in the 800-series.  According to the book, Zenith Radio:  The Early Years, Zenith did not manufacture the chassis for the 801 at the Iron Street plant in Chicago, it was outsourced to the Belmont Radio Corporation of Chicago.  Belmont also made radios under the Classique, Crusader, Freshman, Goodyear Wings, Imperial, Starck Classique, Trutone and Wings nameplates.

From the 1935 Zenith brochure:  Zenith Model 801-Portable type, AC-DC-five tube superheterodyne.  Here is a Zenith set small enough to be handily packed in the luggage of a traveler.  Wave range from 540-1,750 kilocycles.  7 1/2 inches high.  $34.95.   


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