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gsparksPosted - 24 February 2012 19:57  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Hence all the pay phones have the handsets glued and steel cased cables.

the I have also seen the earpiece from old wood crank telephone that had been cut off next to the box, and had the plugs used in old radios soldered to them in hamfest junkboxes. didn't connect it till now, but that would be a fast way to "find" one.

tardigradePosted - 17 April 2012 16:57  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
That NZ foxhole article is quite a find! I'm writing a book about improvised radio sets and would like to refer to it, if it's ok with you.
gzimmerPosted - 17 April 2012 20:1  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message

> That NZ foxhole article is quite a find! I'm writing a book about improvised radio sets and would like to refer to it, if it's ok with you.

You are welcome. I'm glad you found it interesting.

Regards ....... Zim

tardigradePosted - 18 April 2012 8:17  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
If I find that issue of Eighth Army News I'll post a link here.

I'm trying to find as many period foxhole radio articles as I can. Surprisingly there were a lot. Two things I would love to find:

Popular Science, Pop mechanics etc ran classified ads for companies selling plans to build a foxhole radio. These ran for about 30 years so surely there’s a copy of the plans out there somewhere.

The Marlin Razor Blades Company ran an advertising campaign featuring one of these foxhole radios (the soldier who built it, Max Rupert, used a Marlin blade). There was promotional material for it including a picture of a window display.

If any of you collectors out there have any oddball foxhole radio stuff in your collection, please let me know.

gzimmerPosted - 18 April 2012 9:28  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message

There certainly are lots of articles out there...

Have you seen John Campbell's article on detectors at

Popular Science October 44 (see page 209)

Re adverts:

Searching Google books on ["Popular Science" "foxhole radio"] turns up two small text only adverts.

FOXHOLE radio: — amazing serviceman's pastime gift batteryless. tubeless. schoolboy thrill, made anywhere, anybody. Easy distance-getting instructions.
$2.00. Gadgets. Box 28 Jackson Heights


FAMOUS "Foxhole" radio — plays anywhere. Plans, quarter. National, 322M Union Avenue, Brooklyn 11.


Yes, it would be great to see these old plans...

later ........ Zim

Edited by - gzimmer on 4/18/2012 9:56:51 AM

tardigradePosted - 29 October 2012 10:56  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Well six months of searching and no archives, museums etc. have copies of the Eighth Army News from early 1945. If anyone reading this has a copy I would love a scan!
tardigradePosted - 30 October 2012 11:28  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
I mean APPRECIATE a scan. I shoulda paid attention in typing class.
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