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ravells
11-09-2009, 04:10 PM
Found this on Boing Boing - some of these dials would make good inspiration for compass roses perhaps (my tenuous reason for posting this). I just think that many of them look so cool.

Great for SF / retro map ornaments

Link here. (http://www.indianaradios.com/Antique%20Radio%20Tuning%20Dials%201.htm)

Ascension
11-09-2009, 04:35 PM
You're right. Those kick much butt.

ravells
11-09-2009, 04:43 PM
I challenge your sig!

Ascension
11-09-2009, 05:16 PM
My! What big nuts he has :)

ravells
11-09-2009, 05:18 PM
It's a question of where he grips them - ouch! :)

Steel General
11-09-2009, 05:27 PM
Yeesh! :D

Those dials are cool Ravs...nice find!

Redrobes
11-09-2009, 06:06 PM
Yeah - really cool site that. Isnt it interesting that when something is new like the radios of the day that they had such a variety of styles and as time goes on they coalesce into some standard style which often is not the one you like the most until someone works out that you can go all 'retro' and back to the originals again...

Oh - And you've got to know these things when your king... etc etc

Turgenev
11-11-2009, 06:28 PM
That dial site is very cool. As for Tweety's nuts... the less said the better. :lol:

Arrgh! I just went back to the site and it has been suspended. I guess someone either hasn't paid their hosting bill or more likely, the bandwidth use went over their allotted amount (probably the increased hits from BOING BOING).

ravells
11-12-2009, 04:26 AM
Argh...I should have copied them all to my reference folder while I had the chance.

Turgenev
11-12-2009, 07:30 PM
I tried using the Internet Archive and I was able to find past copies of the site but so far none that had any of the radio dial pics archived.

http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.indianaradios.com/

Maybe it will come back online at some point (fingers are crossed).

ravells
11-12-2009, 08:20 PM
Mine too.....those are just too beautiful.

Is it an age thing? When I was a kid (in Malaysia) in the '70s my dad had this huge (the size of a 22 inch monitor) radio (a Zenith) with this green 'electric eye' oscilliscope thing which gave you a visual on fine tuning the signal.

I remember listening to Jack London stories, (seared in my brain) his short stories were superb (if you've never read any...I suggest 'A piece of Steak (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Piece_of_Steak)' and 'To Build a Fire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Build_a_Fire)'). I think I must have been the last generation to 'sit around the wireless' (Malaysia was about 20 years behind everyone else then)...we had a TV (black and white) but the radio was a special treat. I think that was from 'Radio America', we'd listen mostly to the BBC.

Great days.

Turgenev
11-12-2009, 10:40 PM
Here's a link I think you'll enjoy: http://www.radiolovers.com/

ravells
11-13-2009, 04:53 AM
Ohhhhh Thanks!

Turgenev
11-13-2009, 01:50 PM
When I was a kid, I remember listening to various radio programs. My room didn't have a TV but I certainly had a radio and turntable for my records. I still remember listening to the opening bit from the Shadow and there were a couple SF/Horror stories that scared the crap out of me at the time.

On a related note, my first exposure to JRR Tolkiens' The Hobbit was via a radio adaptation from the BBC (I think) that I listened on CBC radio. I remember thinking how cool the story was so I went out and got myself a copy of the book and read it. Ahh, those were good times. ;)

ravells
11-13-2009, 02:25 PM
Yeah, I had one of those radio/tape recorders. First song I ever recorded (on a TDK) was 'Kung Fu Fighting' by Carl Douglas. I had one of those little earphone things. Unfortunately my tinny radio didn't have short wave, so I had to make do with whatever was broadcast on medium wave.

My older brother used to tell me the story of LOTR when we were washing the car on Sundays...that's what got me hooked.

Heh...listen to us old farts. Shame you're in Toronto, there's an even chance I might be in Vancouver for the games next year. We could have caught up for a drinky or three.

jaerdaph
11-13-2009, 05:42 PM
London - Berlin - Schenectady?

:)

Turgenev
11-13-2009, 09:31 PM
Heh...listen to us old farts. Shame you're in Toronto, there's an even chance I might be in Vancouver for the games next year. We could have caught up for a drinky or three.
Alas, I won't be in Vancouver but if you're ever in the Toronto area, drop me a line. ;)

RobA
11-16-2009, 09:12 PM
Alas, I won't be in Vancouver but if you're ever in the Toronto area, drop me a line. ;)

hmmmm. Might have to set up a GTA meet and greet someday...

-Rob A>

Turgenev
11-18-2009, 12:19 AM
hmmmm. Might have to set up a GTA meet and greet someday...
I could be up for that. ;)

ravells
12-15-2010, 03:56 PM
I love this stuff. Boing Boing have now found a site that posts the box designs of typewriter ribbons here (http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2010/12/15/vintage-packaging-typewriter-tins.html).

The radio dial site was down for a long time as I think it got swamped, but it's up again! (Yay!)

jtougas
12-15-2010, 05:03 PM
I grew up with antique radios (My father was a dealer) some of the "art deco" sets of the late 30s and 40s were incredible works of art. I still have a couple to this day that play beautifully (just hook up a 6 volt dry battery fiddle with the antenna coil and Voila.. :) )

Jaxilon
12-15-2010, 05:07 PM
Yeah, I wonder if you can modify one of these for use on a map and not get sued?

Reminds me of the old Stereo I grew up with that had these round dials that were green. I kept that thing for a long time. I always loved those dials.