July 1932 Radio-Craft
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Craft,
published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
This Crosley advertisement from
a 1932 issue of Radio-Craft magazine pitches two new models. Note the
fancy wood cabinets which made them higher-end radios. At the time, radio was
the only form of "live" entertainment in the home, so many radios offered
shortwave bands as well as standard AM. The $119.50 "Adventurer" model would
cost $2,603 in 2022 money, per the
BLS Inflation Calculator! I am still looking in old electronics
magazines for an ad featuring my
1941 Crosley model 03CB console radio, but thus far with no luck.
What makes the model special is that it was probably one of the last new radios
sold prior to the shift of material usage to military equipment in World War II.
In fact, not long ago I found this brief news piece in a 1942 edition of Radio-Craft:
"Crosley Scraps 1943 Line for Military Radios" reporting on how
Crosley was converting its production line to support military needs.
Crosley Radio Advertisement
Two combined Short Wave and Standard Broadcast
Superheterodyne Radio Receivers
The Crosley Discoverer
With this marvelous new Crosley radio receiver you can know the thrill of listening
direct to foreign stations, air pilots receiving instructions, police calls and
many other interesting and unusual things that travel the short wave bands. Every
channel from 14 to 550 meters is covered. Of course ordinary broadcasts can also
be heard. It is housed in an extraordinarily beautiful cabinet and sells at a sensationally
$77.50 Complete with 7 Tubes
The Crosley Adventurer
The 12 tubes of this Crosley superheterodyne short-wave and standard broadcast
receiver make it, we believe, the most sensitive. best performing and most complete
set ever offered at any price for home reception. The wave length change, as in
The Discoverer, is effected by means of a panel switch - no coils to change. The
cabinet is a marvel of furniture design. The price is amazingly low.
$119.50 Complete with 12 Tubes
Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and west, prices slightly higher.
The Crosley Radio Corporation
Home of "the Nation's Station" - WLW
Powel Crosley, Jr., President
You're There With a Crosley
Posted September 8, 2022
(updated from original post on 8/11/2015)