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    

Vintage 1940s Fada Art Deco Old Marbled Catalin Antique Bakelite Bullet RadioVintage Old 1920s Antique Burns Pyralin Flower Petaled Radio Horn Loud Speaker1936 Artdeco Sparton Blue Mirror Radio Model 557 "sled" Teague Design No ReserveHalson Tone Master Tube Radio With Magic EyeAntique Rare Zenith 8 Tube Table Radio Long Distance Black Dial N301569Vintage 1940s Art Deco Mid Century Truetone Antique Radio & Quality RestorationWow ! Vintage Eico Model Rf-60 Hifi 60 Watt Power Tube Amplifier, Works Great !!Vintage Old 1950s Rca Bk-5b Art Deco Radio Studio Ribbon Antique Microphone**beautiful** Vtg (1934) Philco 16b Tube Radio Receiver ~ 3rd VersionOld Antique Wood Rca Vintage Tube Radio - Restored & Working Art Deco Table TopAddison Catalin Antique Tube Radio Model C2Truetone Model D-727 Radio With Magic Eye Motor Tuning Mint To Near Mint 1947 Art Deco Bendix Catalin Radio Really Beautiful Ten-tec Model 1253 Shortwave & Ham 9 Band Regenerative Receiver Stunning 1926 Orchestrion Radio Speaker W/mache Horn & Striated Wood BellOld Antique Wood Zenith Vintage Tube Radio - Restored Working Art Deco Gold DialSeldom Seen R. H. Macy & Co. Wood Tube RadioPhilco Deco Radio Obscure Stunning Example M-48-255 C-1948 Pristine Original!!Vintage Early 1920s Old Marconi Era Deforest Antique Crystal Radio ReceiverClinton Unknown Model Tube Radio With Magic EyeIncredible Beautiful 1935 Air King Skyscraper 66 Art Deco Design RadioMagnavox 3-stage Tube Audio Frequency Amplifier Type Ac-3 Model CMajestic Model 310-a Gothic Tombstone Tube RadioImperial Grand Floor Radio, Belmont, 1936 – Jensen Q6 & R12 Speakers1930’s Atwater Kent Model 92 Cathedral/tombstone Tube RadioSmall Detrola Model 212 Tube Radio With Magic EyeVintage 1940s Old Rare Tesla " Talisman " Machine Age Art Deco Bakelite RadioVintage 1920s Northland " Gold Stenciled " Old Pre Depression Era Antique Radio Old Antique Wood General Electric Vintage Tube Radio - Restored & WorkingFada Blue 1000 Bullet Project Art DecoVintage Old 1920s Working Antique Dictogrand Radio Horn Speaker Volume ControlVintage Atwater Kent Tube Breadboard Radio Type Ta Detector Amplifier Very NiceFantastic! Original 1941 Zenith Bakelite Tube Radio - Sleek Deco Design - Lqqk!1938 Zenith 5s-228 Black Dial Mini-tombstone Radio. Original Finish & Working.Old Kennedy 525 2 Tube Amplifier, Complete, No TubesZenith Transoceanic L600 Radio Wave Magnet Logs Charts Brown CaseVintage 1950s Dewald Midget Art Deco Mid Century Old Antique Clock Radio Pair Of Osram 5u4g U52 Rectifiers, Avo Vcm163 Tested1938 Detrola Wood Radio Model 154 W/large Black Dial. Good Working Condition.Vintage Model 849 1955 Emerson 6 Transistor Am Radio Plays, RareWw I / 1917 Deforest Bc-14a Crystal Radio Receiving Set .. For Parts Or RestoreVintage Crosley Bullseye Green Bakelite Double Knob Tube Radio Model 11-102 YqzSilvertone Model 6230 Wood Tube Radio With Magic Eye**beautiful** Vtg (1937) Philco 37-600 Tube Radio Receiver ~ Art DecoAntique Grebe Coil Radio Cr-5 150-3000m Wood Box Regenerator RecieverVintage Zenith Transoceanic Radio R7000 12 Band ShortwaveOld Antique 1937 Wood Emerson Vintage Tube Radio Working W Ingraham Cabinet NiceSmall "best" Wooden Table Or Mantle Tube RadioStewart Warner R-1235-a Aristocrat Tombstone Cathedral Tube Radio1937 Zenith Tombstone Long Distance RadioVtg (1931) Crosley 58-q Buddy Boy Repwood Tube Radio Receiver W/ Original Box!!Vintage 1950s Beautiful Old Stromberg Carlson Working Transoceanic Analog RadioAntique**rare** Breadboard Tube Radio Receiver Cunningham Cx 301a TubesVintage Panasonic 8 Band Model No Rf-2200 Short Wave Double Radio (rare)Coronado 1940's Push Button Tube Type Am Radio Bakelite Case Model 636 Series AToshiba Model Tr-193 Red Lace Transistor RadioUnique! Rarity! Fully Refurbished! The First Braun Sk4 Tube Radio D.rams SnowVintage Ozarka Antique Radio Speaker Wood Cathedral Shape Nice LookingMidwest Console Floor Radio, 18-37 - 1937Near Mint, Working 1924 Klitzen / Michigan Mrc3 Battery Radio * Racine Wisconsin