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Early car radio- caption competition also ?
« 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 ?
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Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
« Reply #1 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.

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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2015, 01:56:28 PM »
Well done dave , out of interest what would the car have cost ?
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« Reply #3 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?

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« Reply #4 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 ?
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« Reply #5 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)


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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2015, 09:27:02 AM »
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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2015, 10:43:40 PM »
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Re: Early car radio- caption competition also ?
« Reply #14 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):
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