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Title: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: richard on November 05, 2015, 12:56:05 PM
Three family photographs from the 20's have been on local Facebook recently and I cannot help but think they would be of historical value , but who too ? Early Marconiphone I think - captions anyone ?
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: DaveMiller on November 05, 2015, 01:47:44 PM
Love the expression of the woman at left!

I reckon the radio is a "BTH Model VT2" of 1923.  Built by British Thomson-Houston Ltd, it was a 2-valve portable for headphone use (obviously quite a few headphones!).  Price including valves, headphones and batteries: £21 0s 0d ("BBC Royalties extra").

That's £1100 in today's money.
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: richard on November 05, 2015, 01:56:28 PM
Well done dave , out of interest what would the car have cost ?
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: DaveMiller on November 05, 2015, 03:46:44 PM
Well done dave , out of interest what would the car have cost ?

Er ... dunno what the car is!  Do you?
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: richard on November 05, 2015, 05:43:39 PM
No idea , I know it's a bit vague but what did a large saloon cost in those days ? Maybe that sort of price ?
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: DaveMiller on November 06, 2015, 02:43:58 PM
No idea , I know it's a bit vague but what did a large saloon cost in those days ? Maybe that sort of price ?

Well, despite digging through all my motoring encyclopaediae, I still don't know what the car is, but from some of the construction details (for example the foot-high chassis siding, between skirting board and bodywork, and the "artillery" wheels), I reckon it's roughly contemporary with the 1923 radio.

So, example prices of decent sized cars, in 1923 (depending on bodywork):

Austin 20:  £695 to £975  (that's now £36,405 – £51,071)
Austin 12: £450 to £600   (£23,571 – £31,429)
Standard 14 Saloon: £375 to £525  (£19,643 – £27,500)

Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: Chris Thomas on November 08, 2015, 09:27:02 AM
Edward to Elizabeth   " Tell Doreen that if she can hear a hissing sound then we definitely have got a puncture in the front tyre"

Chris Thomas
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: Rob Dobie on November 08, 2015, 02:03:10 PM
"I say Margaret, I'll be glad when they invent television so we can see Strictly Come Dancing".
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: plas man on November 08, 2015, 03:12:55 PM
'' I told you Luxemburg don't start till seven ! ''
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: AndrewG on November 08, 2015, 07:28:59 PM
"Oooh, that Dr Fox makes me go all weak...."
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: Big Al on November 09, 2015, 08:00:19 AM
'That young Tony Blackburn is raleigh terribly good!'

Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: Chris Thomas on November 09, 2015, 08:33:37 AM
The Hitchcock family never missed an episode of the Archers.
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: richard on November 09, 2015, 10:43:40 PM
Dave miller - whose a bright spark
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: Big Al on November 10, 2015, 07:54:18 AM
Beeb Beeb.
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: DaveMiller on November 10, 2015, 09:18:27 AM
Ah, now that we know it's an Overland, Richard, I can answer your cost question (advert from August 1922):
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: Big Al on November 10, 2015, 09:33:33 AM
Or free if you Whippet.
Title: Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
Post by: richard on November 10, 2015, 06:13:05 PM
well done Dave nice pic. ;)