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    Default Novelty Radios

    I've been looking at a few sites on old technology recently.

    Over the years one thing has come in & out of fashion are radios shaped like different objects.

    Sometimes these were made as promotional items for companies, with the radio shaped like one of their products.

    In spite of the styling they tended to be fairly basic as a radio, normally only capable of picking up medium wave, or FM on later ones.
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    I know the Panasonic Panapet from the 1970s is quite sought-after. A ball-shaped AM radio available in different colours, it had a chain and clasp which you could attach to your belt, bag strap etc. Unusual because the quality brands like Sony and Panasonic did not usually do novelty items like this.

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    One brilliant one still available today is a radio that looks like a Marshal guitar amplifier

    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it. We would annihilate each other

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    Years ago, one of the airlines, could have been BA or Virgin, were selling models of aircraft in their livery with a radio built in as part of on-board duty-free.

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    Airline gifts are almost a thread on their own.
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    got this one christmas when i was a kid. its about forty years old.

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    Sometime in the 80s, one of the home shopping catalogues my mum got had a model of a 1920s/1930s car with a radio inside. I couldn't say what make the car was, but it looked similar to ones you see in gangster films set in the days of Al Capone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffslad View Post
    my mum got had a model of a 1920s/1930s car with a radio inside.
    my aunt and uncle had the same one.

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    I've found a good site owned by a collector of old technology, including novelty radios.

    There was an American company called Waco that made a range of models, including cars & boats with radios inside.

    The were sold at Tandy shops here, & Radio Shack in the USA.

    http://www.dustygizmos.com/
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    One thing I remember are those headphones with radio with a control knob on the side

    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it. We would annihilate each other

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