Silvertone Radio Discovered at Tony Packo's Cafe
Well, I can now tell you that Tony Packo's hot dogs cost a bit more than 35¢ today, but they are still really good. On our way to Michigan last week, Melanie and I stopped by Tony Packo's to visit the establishment of legend. It was less than a mile off of I-80, and very easy to access, being on the edge of town. The menu featured many Hungarian items, but we stuck with the famous Original Hot Dog and a bowl of Kraut Cabbage. There are many cool artifacts from the M*A*S*H television show including photographs and hot dog buns signed by M*A*S*H actors (and many other celebrities), and also the package actually used in the TV show from when Klinger placed an order to be mailed to Korea. See photos.
One unexpected treasure I found was a vintage Silvertone console style radio. Silvertone was a brand name of Sears, Roebuck & Co. Per a book by Mark V. Stein there were over 30 radio brands that supplied Silvertone radios for Sears including King, Colonial, Stewart-Warner, Air King, Emerson, Kadette, Wilcox-Gay, Arvin, Case, RCA and Admiral. An Internet image search did not turn up an exact duplicate of the model at Tony Packo's. The radio has been converted into a podium or dais of sorts, probably once used at the door to greet customers. I found it tucked back in a corner near the maintenance closet. The back has been covered with plywood so I wasn't able to snoop inside for a model number or date. There are versions close to this one, but most have five knobs under the dial, and the dial is usually larger. It doesn't even appear on the Radio Attic website. Can you identify the model number and year for me?
Here are some photos from the M*A*S*H television show where the crew is eating Tony Packo's hot dogs.
Posted October 22, 2013
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