The Fine Things are Always Hand Made
Was browsing through the historic Chicago Tribune and ran across a brief article published March 26, 1936 as follows:
"A public demonstration of the biggest radio set was held yesterday in the Scott Radio laboratories at 4450 Ravenswood avenue. The receiver has five speakers and forty tubes and is tuned silently by means of a cathode tube. It's a custom built job that runs $2,500 or more. Several have already been sold, the John J. Mitchells of Santa Barbara, Cal., being among the first buyers."
John J. Mitchell was a Chicagoan before moving to Santa Barbara and was co-founder of United Airlines.
Were any of Scott's factory records preserved?
Mitchell's parents were killed as a result of a road rage incident while traveling back to Chicago from their home in Lake Geneva in 1927. Always interesting the unexpected things you learn when you least expect it.
Wonder what happened to the radio?
This is an excellent write up. I am most interested in finding out more details as well. I know several here on the forum will be able to shed light on the subject. Great research you have already done!!!!! I have only seen pictures of the Mitchell tuner and amplifiers in a book, no cabinet pictures. The receiver pictures were black and white, so not current pictures. Don't know it's location. Would be great to find out more!
What a find that would be if it were to turn up! Thank you for sharing Norman.
Has anyone had contact with any of the survivors listed in the obituary? I'm too far away to do much good although my son lives in San Francisco if he can be of any help. I researched an old MG I once owned and found the original owner living about 200 miles from me. One weekend I drove the car up to his house and gave him a ride. He had kept the original tools and gave them to me. I also have an old electric lamp made for a bank in Chicago about 1907. After discovering who made it I found his great granddaughter living about 40 miles from me. I have found people are usually happy and excited to talk about interesting family members.
Russ Mappin had contacted John Mitchell himself many years ago. Others have contacted relatives.
I am curious, what did John Mitchell have to say about his Quaranta when Russ contacted him directly?
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