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1940 Can. Westinghouse SW Radio 780B "Christmas Story"s Little Brother (Vancouver)


condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Canadian Westinghouse
model name / number: 780-B
size / dimensions: 21½" x 12" x 15½", weight 31 lbs

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1940 Canadian Westinghouse SW Radio Model 780-B, "A Christmas Story"'s Little Brother

It was the 1939 Canadian Westinghouse console radio model 780X that was used as a prop in the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story", directed by Bob Clark, and starring Peter Billingsley as Ralphie. The movie is still an all-time classic, shown numerous times on television during the Christmas season, although more recently, as we witness racial disparities to be vehemently criticized we note, that the movie has a serious racist problem in its Chinese Restaurant scene towards the end. It is less well known, that the Christmas Story radio has 4 more relatives, 3 table radios 780A, B, C, and one more console 780Y. All five were only produced by Westinghouse Canada for the Canadian market of 1939/41, and differ slightly in their cabinet styles as well as in their chassis' specifications. After having restored 4 of the highly sought-after consoles 780-X and 780-Y, here I present the very rare table model 780-B from 1940. Like its big brothers 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. The radio features an extra front-end RF amplifier, slug-tuned Intermediate Frequency Filter coils, a 6" 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. My original Christmas radio is here on CL too (search CL for radio-antiks).
Both radios are documented in great detail and with youtube videos in ref.s 1 and 2, respectively.

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