Post by Thimbleberry on Mar 3, 2018 12:22:01 GMT -5
This is one case where AG's use of plastic is very appropriate. The mottled brown plastic they used for Nanea's radio looks a lot like the brown Bakelite (an early plastic) that was most commonly used for these types of radios in the 1940s. It has fabric under the grill where the speaker would be and a volume control knob that works. In the catalog it says it plays one song but it actually plays two, one of which has an ukulele & sounds sort of Hawaiian. There are also two news broadcast snippets, one from FDR announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor, the other a call for servicemen to report to duty. The sound is clear, better than Kit's or Molly's radios. I just wish the dial lit up like Kit's does but it doesn't. Takes three AAA batteries. I give it an A, it would be a plus if the dial lit up.
Last Edit: Feb 20, 2020 4:27:16 GMT -5 by mamared: retired 2019
Post by agdollhouse on Mar 4, 2018 17:09:50 GMT -5
I was short one battery for my Nanea's radio, which problem gets fixed today. I didn't get any insert with mine about how to make it work. It just takes 3 AAA batteries, and I figure then in will work. Seems like a nice piece for Nanea.
I really like this piece. I currently have it on the mantle of Caroline's Parlor fireplace. I was very please with the volume on this and the four audio options are excellent. My teenage daughter was impressed. We even hooked up her phone to play some music and the sound wasn't bad. I will add a short video when I get a chance.
Post by QNPoohBear on Apr 20, 2018 17:23:07 GMT -5
This is a neat little toy. It's plastic but as Thimbleberry pointed out, plastic IS era appropriate. The dials are a bit small and may be fragile. I would strongly recommend this for the target age group of 8+. The radio comes with a pamphlet in multiple languages with picture directions to unscrew the back and install batteries. It does not come with directions on how to make it work. You first turn the dial on the left until you hear a click to turn it on. Then turn the dial on the right to hear 1940s radio. The radio IS specific to 1941-it has FDR's "Date of Infamy" speech, a notice to all military personnel to report to duty and two upbeat dance tunes.
You can download some 1940s radio to an MP3 player, computer or more modern device (which I don't have) to play other 1940s radio broadcasts and make it work for Molly.
My only major complaint is that batteries are not included. Didn't Molly's come with batteries?
I got this with my Rewards certificate but I think it's worth the full price if you have a device to hook it up to.
Just got mine (used)! I have it plugged into my computer playing my 1930s/40s playlist ^__^ The little speaker is decent quality, and I love its real fabric covering, it looks just like the antiques I remember the old folks having when I was a kid. The plastic is is good quality and feels/looks quite like 'Bakelite' plastic of the era, heavy and marbled.
My complaints: There's no light in the dial, which would have been the perfect touch. Also the jack for the cord is on the side, which looks awkward.
(edit) there's a stain on my radio's dial (bought it used/played-with). Presumably that's not on new ones!
(edit 2) after some research I see that oil on the dial (paper?) is not all that uncommon, so may be from something in the radio itself?? Something to watch out for when you get a new one, I suppose!
Last Edit: Jun 20, 2018 11:58:38 GMT -5 by BabaYaga: edits