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Old 03-07-2018, 10:41 PM
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'46 Motorola "Mother's Day" radio

This is an odd one that's a special factory model. It's a budget AA5 radio with an ivory (or light green) painted cabinet and floral decals obviously designed to be placed in the kitchen. On the Net there's little information about it and only a couple of decent examples. It seems most of these took quite a beating being in a kitchen for decades. This one was no exception and required a complete overhaul including grill cloth replacement. Fortunately the decals and dial were in good shape, although the cabinet needed much touching-up. I got it cheap and was surprised that it works well as-is. The chassis is only about 3" wide!

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Thanks. I wanted to put a more interesting grill cloth as the original was a small basket-weave/burlap-like texture, but the "less-is-more" theory usually holds true in this situation. Plus I had this brown/gold cloth and really didn't want to invest more into this set. It's just a fun "folk-art" piece.
Anyone with any info/advertising about this model please let me know. Thank you.
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Thanks. It's really a bare-bones AA5 set, but for the housewife of the 1940's it was a cute, and likely low-cost, little radio to listen to in the kitchen.
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My mother was a 1940s housewife, and she liked decorating with decals, so it's interesting to me to see a commercial product that came pre-decorated.
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My mother was a 1940s housewife, and she liked decorating with decals, so it's interesting to me to see a commercial product that came pre-decorated.
You have to love those '40's colorful yellowed decals. Almost anyone who has come across this radio figures it was someone's arts and crafts creation, but thanks to Net it has been verified as factory. You just cannot find any info on it and it's not in the popular guide books. I'd love to see an ad with the set in it.
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