The ‘golden age of radio’ may be gone, but antique radios are still going strong. Whether you’re interested in a specific manufacturer (RCA, Philco, Zenith, Crosley, Emerson) or style (catalin, transistor, cathedral or console), there’s a radio out there for you.

You can identify most antique radios by model number, which can include any combination of letters and numbers. If you don't see a manufacturer's name, look inside the chassis, as it may be stamped on the tubes or other components.

The earliest radios were typically bare components (e.g. glass tubes) mounted on a board. Later came plain wooden or metal boxes, and by the late 1920s, elaborate cabinets designed to look like real furniture. Cathedral and tombstone style wooden cabinets were popular during the 1930s. And Art Deco style radios made of Bakelite, Catalin and other early resins or plastics (Plaskon, Beetle, etc) became popular during the 1930s and 1940s. Transistors were introduced in 1957, displacing tubes and enabling miniaturization.

Although you may be able to play an unrestored antique radio, note that its capacitors are likely to fail without warning (and may also pose a fire hazard), so replacing them pre-emptively is advisable.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Jim's Antique Radio Museum

Jim's Antique Radio Museum

Jim Tripp's showcase of radios from the 1920s to late 1950s, organized by style and theme (wood, console, plastic, … [read review or visit site]

The Radio Attic's Archives

The Radio Attic's Archives

This photo gallery of over 7800 vintage radios, categorized by manufacturer and model number, is a group effort wit… [read review or visit site]

AntiqueRadios.com

AntiqueRadios.com

Alan Voorhees' reference resource for vintage radio collectors includes a photo gallery, article library, PDF archi… [read review or visit site]

Radiomuseum.org

Radiomuseum.org

This vast archive and community of radio collectors features over 120,000 radio model listings and 350,000 photos a… [read review or visit site]

Phil's Old Radios

Phil's Old Radios

This extensive collection of antique radios includes beautiful photos and detailed historical descriptions. The sit… [read review or visit site]

Radiophile.com

Radiophile.com

John Pelham's collection of wood and plastic radios from the 1930's and 40's. What sets this site apart is the deta… [read review or visit site]

Radio-Guy

Radio-Guy

Steve Erenberg's extremely wacky and well-done collection of vintage mad-scientist devices and contraptions. Writte… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Old Antique Wood Zenith Vintage Tube Radio - Restored & Working Black DialAntique Vintage Art Deco Blue Mirror Sparton 558 Sled Radio Tube Radio Zenith Walton 12-s-2321923 Rca Radiola Iv Battery Radio * Museum Quality, All-original & WorkingAuthentic 1936 Antique Zenith Art Deco Farm Radio Model 4v311921 Teleradio No. 1 Wireless Receiver * Jersey City * Near Mint Crystal Radio1923 Crosley 50 One-tube Battery Radio * Excellent Condition & Working Great Majestic Model 411 Wood Deco Table Radio C 1930's 1930`s Zenith 12a57 Console Tube Radio For Parts Or Repair.Vintage 1937 Deco Motorola Wood Table Radio #5t2 - Wow!!1922 Rca Aeriola Sr. Radio W/tipped Tube * First Rca One-tube Radio For The HomeZenith Radio 10s130 TombstoneOld Antique Wood Philco Vintage Tube Radio - Restored Working Art Deco Table TopVtg 1937 Zenith Black Dial "cube" Radio Model 5-r-216 - Original Dealer Sale TagZenith Racetrack 5s320 Wood Tube Table Radio - To Repair / Restore - Ca1938 Estate Philco 90 Baby Grand Radio As Found Condition...works !!!1936 Detrola Executive Desk Set Wood Tube Radio Mod.104e For RestorationZenith 5j217 Cube Radio RestoredNice Vintage Saal Tube Radio Horn Speaker Good Driver BakeliteVintage Zenith 7s529 3 Band 7 Tube Radio In V. Good Condition, Plays Very Well.1941 Philco Model 41-225 / Vintage Old Antique Wood Table Top Tube Radio1939 Zenith 6d311 Bakelite RadioOld Antique Wood Silvertone Vintage Tube Radio - Restored Working W/ Magic Eye1961 Roberts R200 Genuine Classic British Transistor Portable Radio 2 Band Mw-lwZenith 6s330Philco Model 38-12 Antique Wood Cabinet Tube Radio W Lighted Dial 1938 ServicedNice Vintage Grand Symphony Saal Tube Radio Horn Speaker Good Driver BakelitePair Of Gec U52 5u4g Rectifiers, Vcm163 Tested 100% 1938 Zenith Tombstone Wood Tube Radio Mod. 5-s-228 Short WaveAtwater Kent 708 Scarce Model-- Beautiful Lace Grill Super-het Cathedral RadioNovelty Radio Shaped Like A Pair Of B@@bs - Very Rare - Retro Vintage Radio L@@k1924 Michigan Radio Corp/klitzen Mrc2 2-tube Regenerative Radio Receiver Beautiful 1936 Emerson Art Deco Model 107 Tube Radio Fully Restored ..Vintage Zenith 6-s-229 Tombstone 6 Tube Radio, Works WellSparton 517-b Tombstone Radio (cube) In Ebony Chrome 1936-1937 Nice Vintage Splitdorf Tube Radio Horn Speaker Good Driver BakeliteSuper-excellent 1954 Oceanic Surcouf French Radio "rare Ivory Version"Vintage Drake Model 2-c Ham Radio Receiver With Manual & Original Box Tivoli Audio Henry Kloss Model One Am/fm Radio Excellent ConditionMint 1942 Truetone "coronet" Art Deco Bakelite Radio Original Gem!1950s Vintage Grundig Majestic 1099 Us Tube Radio Telefunken W/ Original BoxVintage 1940s Fada Art Deco Old Antique Beautiful Color Catalin Bakelite Radio Vintage 1920's Bristol Audiophone Jr Tube Radio Horn Speaker With Brass BellKlh Model 8 Fm Receiver With Model 8 Matching SpeakerLowenstein Se-184-a Crystal Detector, 1918, Made For Navy DepartmentExtremely Rare And Unmodified Western Electric 2-b Tuning Unit In Original CaseVintage Red Crosley Dashboard Radio D25? WorkingB&o Bang & Olufsen Vintage Radio Beomaster 900 K 900k Teak Typ 2204-4 Amplifier1964 Hacker Sovereign Rp18 3 Band Am/fm Vintage Portable RadioWood Vintage Pilot Tube Type Radio -restored Working Art Deco Style Tombstone Cat's Whisker Galena Crystal Wireless Set Receiver 1924, Marconi-eraVintage Old Wood Antique Table Top Tube Radio Philco 1938 "38-15"Crosley 10-135 Tube Radio 1950s White & Chrome Trim Bakelite Cabinet1931? Lyric Junior Wurlitzer Radio With Five Good Blue TubesRca Radiola Ix Wireless Specialty Phonograph Adjunct Radiola Viib ChassisPhilco Transitone 42-pt-93 Tube RadioBeautiful 1920s Stromberg Carlson No. 14 Radio Loud Speaker - Works Great!1930 Philco Tabletop Deluxe Cathedral Tube Radio Model #201964 Linnet & Laursen Mayavox Studio Piccolo Box 647 5 Band Made In DenmarkVintage 193os Majestic Modernistic Mid Century Old Black Bakelite Tube Radio

Recent News: Radios

Source: Google News

Bomber's radio turns up in a charity shop
Echo, February 1st

Mr Joseph was clearing out his parents' loft when he discovered the radio, which had been stored there by his dad, who had spent years collecting vintage radios. The shop had first thought of selling it to raise money for the many charities it...Read more

Down to Earth - Budget Vogue: Collections of (someone's) precious memories
The Union Leader, January 31st

Looking around the exhibit of paint-by-number paintings, vintage radios, buttons, I felt enveloped by the joy of those collections, happy to peek inside lives made more joyful by finding that "one more" - "another" - "OH! Even another!" After basking...Read more

Coffee and sofa sales combined
The Foreigner, January 31st

The antique store features vintage radios, furniture, and what the owner calls a man room with military figures, Planet of the Apes figurines, and action heroes in display cases. An enthusiastic customer said the place was a hidden gem where you could...Read more

Radio host Jay Thomas' mancave is his comfy retreat
INFORUM, January 31st

Other fun features, including a popcorn maker, antique radio and electric fireplace, add character. The space is definitely a mancave, Thomas said, and Taylor agreed with her husband's assessment of the basement. “He gets to do whatever he wants down ...Read more

Review: 'Vanya & Sonya & Maska & Spike'
Lincoln Journal Star, January 30th

The story opens in a country cottage in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where two middle-aged siblings, Vanya (Alex Flynt) and Sonia (Abby Feldman), share a living room with a couch, table, cordless phone, antique radio and each other's self-pity. They've ...Read more

BANNING: Show celebrates vintage radio days
Press-Enterprise, January 28th

“It is a comic nod to 'Prairie Home Companion' and is a return to vintage radio days of the 1940s,” artistic director Mary Kay Switzer said. “It's complete with satirical commercials, comic sketches, songs and some short plays – all performed by Carson...Read more

Antique Radio Podcast Player: Podtique
Technabob (blog), January 18th

Video killed the radio star, but podcasts revived him. Roderick Mann combined his love for podcasts with the beauty and tactility of old radios in Podtique. podtique_antique_radio_podcast_player_by_roderick_mann_1 zoom in. Podtique has the body of a ...Read more

Antique radio collection on display
McPherson Sentinel, January 2nd

Antique radio collection on display. Art Hoch's passion for radio will be on display at the McPherson Museum through March 30. email print. Comment. By Josh Arnett Staff Writer. McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS. By Josh Arnett Staff Writer. Posted Jan...Read more