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I will be liquidating most non-Zenith radios on this site.  Why?  I will be focusing onZeniths, naturally!  If you are interested, email me before they hit ebay.  There are a few Zeniths (duplicates) for sale in the FOR SALE section. click here to inquire about a radio

The long-awaited New Zenith books are here! These new volumes were worth the wait and are essential for all antique radio collectors.

Zenith Radio, The Glory Years, 1936-

1945: Illustrated catalog and database

Click here to buy from publisher




Zenith Radio, The Glory Years, 1936-

1945:  History and Products

Click here to buy from publisher


Note: has no financial interest in these books.

New! (July 31, 2003):

A beautiful hard-to-find 1939 6-D-326 "children's radio."

New! (May 11, 2003):

I know, I've been slacking.  Due to time limitations, I haven't been able to get all of my new pieces on the site until now.  Here are 10 new additions:  a magnificent 827 table model, a hard to find Zenith model 970 "white dial" console from 1935, Zenith 5-S-126 cube, 6-D-219 table set, 7-S-261 (bookshelf console).  This recent find and supposed 7-tube model, has an original factory installed 9-tube chassis and a 9-S-264 model sticker under the shelf!  Another Zenith oddity!, superb 9-S-54 and 9-S-55 consoles from the 1936 model year, a magnificent, hard-to-find 8-S-129 tombstone, a mint original 9-S-367 and 15-S-373 top-of-the line 1939 console.   

GOT A ZENITH YOU WANT TO SELL?  I am currently looking to fill in the holes in my collection.  If you have any 1934-1940 Zenith consoles or table sets for sale please drop me a line at

WANTED ASAP.  TOP DOLLAR PAID,  Zenith model 811 deco tombstone from 1935 model year.  It looks the same as the model 812 pictured below.  (this photo and all photos on this site are the sole property of

ATTENTION ZENITH STRATOSPHERE OWNERS:   How many 25-tube and 16-tube Zenith Stratospheres have survived?  There is a current database of 39 known 25-tube model 1000Z's and no list of 16-tube Strats.  If you have any of the Stratospheres in your collection or know somebody who does, please email me at All information will be kept strictly confidential.

WANTED:  Radio Retailing magazines from 1930-1942, Zenith Model 811 (same cabinet as 812 in Zenith section), Zenith 900 and 1100 series sets from 1935, any Zenith brochures, operation manuals or other Zenith ephemera, E.H. Scott Philharmonic in Warrington cabinet.  Also, see WANTED! Section.  Got it for sale?  Email me at oldradiozone@aol.comANTIQUE RADIO RA

Welcome to!  This is my antique radio collection.  I started collecting old radios in 1983, but most of my acquisitions have occurred since 1997.  As you navigate this site, you will notice a few things:

  • My collection primarily consists of wood consoles (some refer to these as floor model or upright radios), cathedrals and tombstones, all from 1930-1940.    
  • Zenith antique radios dominate my collection. View a large ensemble of Zenith radios, from small 5 tube table sets, the entire line-up of 1938 'Robot Dial' consoles, and my crown jewels - all three, extremely rare, Zenith Stratosphere models.
  • The model year of each radio will be indicated instead of the actual year of manufacture. For instance, the 1935 Zeniths were introduced in mid-1934.
  • All radios pictured are from my collection and recently photographed. No photo has been enhanced or doctored to reflect a better quality example. What you see is what you get.
  • Click on the thumbnail photo of a particular radio for a larger picture.  Some radios have multiple variations.
  • Remember to scroll down to read descriptions for each radio!
  • New radios and other items will be added on a regular basis.  So, come back frequently!


This is NOT a commercial site.  I am not a dealer - just an avid old radio collector.  I have always been fascinated by the mystique of 1930's radios.  Whenever I look at one of my radios the same questions always run through my mind.  Who was the original owner?  Where did they live?  What was their occupation?  What fascinating, world changing historical events were heard on this radio?  Is the original owner still alive today?  If time travel ever becomes a reality--my first excursions?  The Zenith Radio factory in Chicago 1934-1938!  

I created this website to serve as an internet resource for a select group of antique radios.  For the most part nothing is for sale, unless Bill Gates comes along and offers me $1 million for the entire collection!  However, from time to time, I may offer a few items for sale due to duplication or space limitations in my house.  Just click the For Sale button on the main page to see if any radios are currently being offered.  I am always buying specific radios, memorabilia, brochures, advertisements, parts, tubes and wooden Z-knobs to add to my collection.  Please click the wanted button for items that I am currently searching for. If you have a better example of a radio shown here, write me if it is for sale!  I welcome e-mail from other collectors, but Due to the high volume of e-mail received, I can not answer all inquiries.  I am not an expert on all antique radios, but I have a good grasp of Zenith's Golden Years.  Thanks for visiting! 

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