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Vintage Radios: Radio Rentals RR56

Size (approx):

34cm x 21cm x 19cm (w,h,d)

Power: For AC mains only
Wavebands: MW (not stated!), LW (not stated!)
Controls: Left knob on/off/volume, right knob wave change, upper middle knob is a geared down rotary tuning.
Design: Brick shape dark brown bakelite with thick cream bakelite front panel.  Semi-circular, brown and cream wave-band display was designed slightly too small, clipping the letters "LW".
Date: c 1946
Manufacturer: Radio Rentals Ltd, Not for resale. Probably made by E.K. Cole Ltd. Ser. No. 11078
Comments: As sturdy as you can make it.  Thick bakelite walls and front panel are built to last a hundred years.   Back panel and sides are one moulded piece, making repair easy.  Very heavy.
Line up: EL33, AZ31, ECH35, EBC33, EF39, Mullard (red) fitted
History: Radio Rentals started in August 1930 and by its Silver Jubilee in 1955 had over 280,000 radio subscribers.  Its radios were made usually by E.K. Cole Ltd (of Ekco fame) or Mains Radios and Gramophones Ltd.  Radio rentals ceased renting radios in 1965 to concentrate on televisions.