Victor Jaeggle loved radios.
“He had a big, shortwave radio he kept by his bedside,” said his daughter, Susan. “This thing would buzz all night. He’d have headphones on, listening to San Francisco, the British news. He was just a radio junkie.”
Jaeggle wasn’t just a radio listener, he was a radio collector. He bought his first cabinet radio from an auction as a teen, and over the decades amassed a huge collection.
“He spent many hours torturing his family with the screeches, whines and whistles of accurate restoration in an ever-shrinking house full of radios,” Susan recounts, with a laugh.
“(The basement) was chock-a-block with radios,” said his ex-wife, Anne. “You kind of wandered down this narrow pathway to get from the bottom of the stairs to the laundry room.”
Sam Garandza of Able has never sold anything quite like it.
“This is the biggest collection I’ve ever sold,” said Garandza. “I think I had 70 radios in one consignment, but this has to be 400 or 500 radios. (There are so many) we are selling some in group lots, so we might end up with 200 to 250 lots.”
All sorts of early manufacturers are represented, including Northern Electric, Crosley, Deforest, Atwater-Kent, Freed-Eisemann, General Electric, Marconi, Philco, RCA, Stewart-Warner, Stromberg-Carlson and Westinghouse.
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