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Despite the abundant availability of vintage radios in the antiques and collectibles market, there are still a lot of people for whom the radio is still a nostalgic piece of their history. They can remember sitting in the family room gathered around the radio with their loved ones listening to comedians such as Bob Hope or Red Skelton; or listening to other shows such as Dick Tracy and Little Orphan Annie. However, there are is new breed of collectors who don’t remember those shows or comedians at all, and love the radios not for nostalgic purposes, but for their sheer esthetic beauty.
Many of the vintage radios that can be found at flea markets, estate sales or antique shows come in all shapes, sizes and color depending on the era that they were made. In years past, we sold many vintage radios that were made in the ‘30s on eBay to the nostalgic group; most of those radios were made from Bakelite. Bakelite is hard plastic material that came in mainly two colors, black or dark brown. We also sold many that were made of Plaskon, which was introduced by radio manufacturers such as Emerson and Fada in the mid 30’s. Radios made of Plaskon were either white or beige and sometimes red.
The new collectors that we encountering today, are looking for more colorful radios to enhance their living spaces. These collectors are more apt to be drawn to vintage radios made from Catalin, which was introduced in the late ‘30s or early ‘40s. Radios made from this material not only tend to come in brilliant hues, but are also molded with rounded hand finished edges. Their appealing design, yet old world look make them a designer’s favorite. These vintage radios can go for a couple of hundred dollars to thousands for the most sought after models.
Towards the mid-20th Century, when snuff was first introduced in China, it
was believed that it had medicinal qualities and was used to treat the common cold, relieve sore throats, alleviate tooth aches and
used as a cure for migraine headaches. Snuff however was not intended nor was it used for all the people of China, but was limited
in use and availability to the upper echelons of society. It was mainly used by the elite peoples associated with the Qing Dynasty and
the royal court of Beijing. As such, vessels to carry the snuff otherwise known as snuff bottles and or snuff boxes had to be attractive,
ornately designed and beautiful to go with one’s social standing.