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The Indiana Historic Radio Museum,
Novelty Radios and Accessories

Gladys's sign     Gladys is the wife of the curator of this museum, which used to be located at the Auburn-Cord-Dusenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana. That building needed the radios' space, so now it is in former filling station, I think. There is always a need for volunteers, donations, and more radiobilia!

A novelty radio is defined as a radio that doesn't appear to be a radio.

Elvis and Cokes


juke box etc.


big bird and friends


more novelty radios


Other Interesting Bits

His Master's Voice


Freshman sign     Lots of great nostalgic signs. Come see them all! *

coal from the titanic
titanic sign
This coal is absolutely genuine.


Do you recall Gabriel Heater saying "Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea? Me neither, but this pair of radio-ships made me think of it.


the Mae West
The Oldtimers called this radio the Mae West, but perhaps now it would be the Dolly Parton. Jane Russell? Twin Peaks? Er, never mind.

German radio 1938
sign for radio above
On a much more sobering note, this radio was a propaganda machine. It was designed to receive only Hitler's approved braodcasts. It has only three tubes. Hitler wanted one in each German home, but as the war wore on, people could not afford this simple radio. This reminded me of the recent was in Kosovar. The populace in various parts of the affected areas got different news, filtered in some cases. I expect the Internet made it possible for a few people in the affected areas to find out all views of the conflict, whether they were supposed to or not. But not that many people have the Internet, and some governments control the telephone lines completely. I also hope both hams and operators on the Internet are helping people find their lost relatives.


older radios
There are older table radios as well as the more unusual ones. One shape on here is called a tombstone. Can you pick out the tombstones on the shelves? Speakers line up on the top row here. There is so much to remark over. I've only shown you a fraction of the 400 radios waiting for you in Ligonier. The admission is free, but your donations are cheerfully accepted. Gotta pay those light and heat and water bills. See you in Ligonier!


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Links Out

button    Have you seen the first page of this Radio Museum adventure?
radio    You can wander in the index of the Bluffton and Nostalgia pages

Did you read W9PPG Bill Weinhardt's Morse Code columns and other radio columns?

Did you read about who saved his life in December of 1997?
Bill's father, John Weinhardt, WA9IAL, has some fascinating pages on-line too.

The Wells County Amateur Radio Club has some pages in this e-magazine.

radio    Other Bluffton Sidetrips include James Dean's Fairmount, Indiana and the
button    Gene Stratton-Porter Limberlost Swamp and Cabin State Historic Site in Geneva, Indiana.

radio     Wells County Amateur Radio Club has a web page. You can read the radiocover of the magazine and pick some other topic.

I'm Sandra, N9PXK; my husband Bill Weinhardt is W9PPG. We made a pilgrimage to the Indiana Historic Radio Museum in Ligonier in July of 1999. This page is made to share that experience, and to urge you to visit there, with your radio club or any other group. Contact information is at the bottom of this page. One remarkable thing about this building is its appeal to all ages. The kids won't get bored, and the great-grandparents will have the time of their lives. Everyone in between will be glad they came too. Thanks for visiting this page!

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