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In spite of our intentions to stop radio pages with 1969, we could not help but add a page for 1970. The radio models had really been running together for several years, as we found evidence of many "radio years" where Arvin was marketing radios released over a three-year (and sometimes longer) period. We not sure whether this is because some models were so popular that the company kept producing them or whether the opposite forces were in play --- some models were not selling well so they had them on the shelves for 2 or 3 years?
And then we ran across a treasure trove of materials for 1970, so we have this one extra page tagging along on the heels of the 1960s. So, this page that wasn't supposed to be, may end up being the single radio page on this site with the most content. You know what they say about the best laid plans...!
While we're looking at more unique kinds of sets, here are some documents from the bicycle radio that Arvin sold. They also produced a white & blue model for Sears & Roebuck that carried the Sears name. Click HERE for album of hi-res images.
Below are images of a 1970 brochure. There are nice examples of a couple unique radios included --- bicycle radios and tractor radios (hey, it's farm country!). Click HERE for hi-res images.
The following images almost belong in the Believe It Or Not category, but they are indeed two advertisements (not sure how many they might have done altogether) from Playboy Magazine circa 1970. Click HERE for hi-res images.
And we found a couple dozen black-and-white glossy prints with marketing specifications on them. These had been used by someone in marketing to make corrections to the information. You can see notations in black ink and also notations in red ink. A little bit of nice history and documentation of some sort of process they followed. Click Here for hi-res album.
The tractor radio deserves a larger image. Looks great on paper, but it didn't take too many passes in the field to not look quite so bright & shiny! The black item sitting on top is actually a cover that will snap on and protest the front. But they still got REAL dust-covered. And we're not too sure how well the volume fared against the tractor noise. We do know that the two sets we have were given to us by area farmers who took them out of their barns and not off their tractors at the time!
Arvin Radio 1970
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We found a couple dozen two-sided color spec sheets that we wanted to share. These are in no particular order and contain CB sets, walkie talkies, intercoms, and the tractor radio! A few thumbnails below or click HERE for hi-res album of the sheets.
And we couldn't resist including several pages from a very nice 72-page (that's right, 72!) catalog of Home Entertainment products from 1970. We've only included the radio-related pages here. Tractor radios, bicycles radios, travel radios with wind-up clocks, CB radios, and walkie talkies! Click HERE for a hi-res abum of 33-pages of radio catalog!