Saturday, March 22, 2008

Score! Gilligan's Island Transistor Radio

I went to a great estate sale this weekend, and sitting on top of a dresser was an old transistor radio that fired right up when I turned the knob. I know people collect transistor radios, so I scooped it up... When I got to the cash table, the guy said, "Hey, you got the Gilligan's Island radio!" and told me he thought it was the same model that they used on the show, except they added an antennae and handle to it.

So when I got it home I decided to see if he was right and started poking around for some info. Look at what I found!

This is actually a video from the pilot, so a few of the characters are different - but the radio is the same! I also found this website that talks about it, and I think I will link to that from my auction.

Speaking of auctions, I also found an auction that ended yesterday for the same radio - it is technically a Packard Bell AR-851 transistor radio - and you won't believe what it sold for!

Needless to say, I'm a little excited. I imagine that we will get it posted on Sunday night and see what happens!

I'll be back later to post the rest of my scores, and I have a couple of announcements to make too, so stay tuned! ;)


Jen r. said...

Cool radio!
Thanks for stopping by..Once I get up and running I am going to have to check into the vintage group because I will probably going to be selling some stuff like that!
Thanks a ton! Good luck!

amodernguy said...

WOW! Great find!

Lisa B. said...

What a great find! I can't believe there are people out there that who know what radio was used in an old tv show. It 's so funny to see they attatched and old cabinet handle to it. Great post Mitzi. Geed luck with the auction.

Felicia said...

LOL! What an awesome find.

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Wow Mitzi! What an amazing find! I loved Giligan's Island when I was a kid and probably watched every episode several times over. Great job finding it!
Patricia :o)

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Carole said...

I came upon this post while browsing for this particular radio. My mother had this exact one when I was a child, same color. :-)