Midwest Bakelite Radio
|The only clue
to the origin of this radio is the nearly illegible remnant of a decal
just above the dial which shows it as a Midwest. It is probably
from about 1941. There are no other markings other than a metal
plate on the back of the chassis attesting to the cash licensing tribute
they paid to RCA to keep General Sarnoff's army of lawyers away.
It's model number is unknown.
The Midwest Radio Company was a mail order operation operating out of Cincinnati. Mail order, they claimed, allowed them to sell radios at low prices by cutting out several layers of middlemen. They were most noted for their ultra Art Deco consoles with high tube counts (16-20 tubes). Many of the tubes had virtually no effect on performance, but were great for their advertising value. The set shown has only six tubes but, as is typical with Midwest, used two 50L6 output tubes connected in parallel, an arrangement that could only produce a marginal increase in power output. It is quite possible, however, that this set was only sold by Midwest, and not made by them.