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Old 20th May 2024, 4:57 pm   #1
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Default Bosch radios of the early 30's

Any of you get into Bosch radios of the early 30's?
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I didn't know that such things existed! Got any links?
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Old 20th May 2024, 5:14 pm   #3
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Default Re: Bosch radios of the early 30's

Radio Museum lists Bosch products going back to 1925.
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I've never seen a Bosch radio in my life! (apart from those builders radios they upsell you at tool shops).
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Old 20th May 2024, 5:39 pm   #5
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I guess they are not popular across the pond but here in the USA they are huge even tough they are a german company.
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Old 20th May 2024, 6:20 pm   #6
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Default Re: Bosch radios of the early 30's

In the UK and especially mainland Europe, radios from Bosch's Blaupunkt or "Blue Spot" division are often seen.
Bosch acquired Blaupunkt in 1933 according to Wikipedia.

I don't know whether US market Bosch radios would be similar to European market Blaupunkt models.

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Default Re: Bosch radios of the early 30's

I can hardly recall meeting a single early '30s German radio of any make: almost all the radios sold here then were of British manufacture, and most of the exceptions were American. There aren't that many later '30s German sets circulating either, with Kleinempfangers probably constituting the majority of those that are. Large scale importation of German sets had to wait until the mid '50s, luxury piano-key models exploiting the audio potential of FM, and to some extent valve portables.

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Old 21st May 2024, 8:55 pm   #8
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Although German native and into valved woodworm radios 'n such for several decades now I'm afraid I have not come across any 1930s Bosch radio yet.

Maybe the reason is the "Bosch" group has always owned and ruled lots of different companies, best known may be "Blaupunkt" of Berlin and Hildesheim, Germany who indeed made some outstanding and well selling radios in the '30s. So they had no need to re-brand radios as "Bosch". Looking across my living room I see a nice 5W69.

Adressing the US market there is/was "United American Bosch" as a Bosch brand. Apparently little but no export efforts were made to sell their products in the UK or in Europe, so a radio of this origin would be a rare find over here now.

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"American Bosch" is popular in the USA!

They are total different to our Blaupunkt sets.
Bosch has a big name in car electrics, so it was
easier to enter the market with the name Bosch, just even
the sets were made on the other side of the channel.

Schematics are on the free site in the US available.

B.t.w., I own a Bauknecht TV set, Bauknecht is well known for quality
kitchen machinery, beloved in Belgium.
So Barco (Belgium) made TV sets with the label Bauknecht only
for the belgian market.

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The consensus seems to suggest that there are no 1930s 'Bosch' badged radios.
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The consensus seems to suggest that there are no 1930s 'Bosch' badged radios.
Thats right!
From my literature I never heard about a German-made Bosch radio!
The sets in the USA I heard about, are as far as I know, all/mostly 20's sets.
No tombstones or rectangular flat 30's radios.

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