Crosley Radio

QUESTION:  Which of the following was not something ever produced by a company run by Powell Crosley, Jr.?
A). Refrigerators
B). Computers
C). Proximity Fuzes
D). Automotive Hood Ornaments

Yesterday we made our grand, on-line debut of the O'Malley Radio Collection, the newest big thing to the American Treasure Tour. We currently have sixty-one of the radios brought together by Collingswood, New Jersey's John O'Malley on display in a special section of the Music Room. And what a collection it is! All brands of compact radios are presented in our lovely metal shelving, and we want to begin an exploration of the collection with a Crosley.

Superheterodyne Receiver schematics

Superheterodyne Receiver schematics

The Crosley Model E-15BE Dashboard-style radio is a stand out dating to 1953. Its distinctive collector grille is reminiscent of the Buick dash of the era (we didn't make that up. It's in the description for the radio).  The radio has a Bakelite shell and a five vacuum tube superheterodyne receiver.  Bakelite, officially and memorably called polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride, is an early type of plastic introduced in 1907.  Superheterodyne receivers are a highly significant advancement in radio technology that was first invented in 1918 during World War I.  Our team of researchers encourages all readers to further investigate superheterodyne receivers and explain them to us in easy-to-understand language so we can more effectively spread the word. But what that means, ultimately, is that the radio received all the greatest local AM stations - and all for only $39.95 in 1953 money! This radio definitely stands out in our collection, as much because of its distinctive shape as because of its brilliant blue. The Crosley Model E-15BE - a fun radio! Check it out in our Music Room.   

ANSWER:  B). Computers.  Although there's no reason to think he didn't consider it.