This old console radio/phonograph has been sitting in the foyer of our home for absolutely ages. It hasn't worked for years, so the only purpose it really serves is to take up valuable space.
I wish it still worked, but it doesn't. All we knew about it was that it was an "Airline" brand, and that it had been here in the family home for as long as my husband could remember (which is quite awhile!).
But, have a look at what I found in a cupboard down in the basement! The 1942 catalog of Airline Radios from Montgomery Wards:
So, now we know it has been here since 1942, just a couple of years after my in-laws built their home. I was pretty tickled to find it inside the catalog:
Back then, of course, music and news from the radio and playing records on the phonograph were the main form of home entertainment:
My, how things have changed.