1939 Canadian Westinghouse SW Radio Model 780-X, the "A Christmas Story" Radio
After having restored 3 stepbrothers model 780-Y of this famous radio, this time I got the very right model 780-X from 1939, with the four horizontal bars as speaker grille. The radio is very collectible because it was used as a prop in the movie "A Christmas Story", directed by Bob Clark, and first released 37 years ago in November 1983. Nine year old Ralphie Parker's life is dominated by his one wish, to get a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun with a compass for Christmas. He is listening on this very Westinghouse radio to the show "Little Orphan Annie" and waiting for his Secret Society Decoder Pin, not knowing that the message would be deciphered as "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine", because the show was sponsored since 1934 by the Ovaltine company. The movie has since become a holiday classic and is shown numerous times on television during the Christmas season. Only recently it was unmistakably pointed out that the movie has a serious racist problem in the Chinese Restaurant scene at the end.
Even without this background the radio is exceptional in many respects: a beautiful cabinet, a super-sensitive 7-tube 5-band short-wave receiver with a new tuning eye and six automatic station push-buttons, that are made from real tortoise swirled catalin. The radio features an extra front-end RF amplifier, slug-tuned Intermediate Frequency Filter coils. a huge 12" field coil speaker and a switchable phono input, that lets you connect a record player. A new 3.5mm closed circuit phone plug lets you also connect mp3, cellphones, and what have you. The Parker family's radio is in terrible condition with the magic eye tube substituted with a red lamp and with wrong knobs. I have another radio of this family for sale, the table model 780-B, also on CL (search CL for radio-antiks).
Both radios are documented in great detail and with youtube videos in ref.s 1 and 2, respectively.