Several of us were recently tangled up in a long email chain regarding the old-time radios. Among other memories we talked about some of our favorite old radio shows like Jack Benny, George Burns, Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger, Lawrence Welk, and even Amos and Andy.
Still, that was the good thing about radio - it was all in your imagination. The sounds, the "vision", the story line, were all in your head, and you could be as engaged, frightened, or enraged as you chose to be. When the bullets hit the floor you heard them, and you knew it was a tense moment. Sometimes you could even "smell" the story - or was that the heat from the vacuum tubes warming up the dust accumulated there? And you might have been watching, I mean listening, on a radio like the one pictured here, a classy old Zenith floor model, proudly sitting in the office of one Richard Holstad.
This radio was one of three that Richard owns - though none of them worked, until he found a supplier for all the vacuum tubes he needed to get them going again, and he expressed his great fortune and pleasure in the email chain: