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Ford Radio Company in Providence, RI. This is a very small company. The Rhode Island Radio Fans Handbook from 1925 lists it as making Ford Tube Sets and Mounted Crystals.



The address on the front of the example below is 4 Flint Street in Providence.

In the 1919 Providence Street Directory there are two listing for the 4 Flint Street address, both for garages, one with the name Charles Amidon.





And there is a classified ad by Chas W Amidon wanting to rent or lease a 30 car garage at 4 Flint St.



Then in the 1920 Providence Street Directory, the address is listed as the North End Garage.



In 1924, about the time this radio was produced, the Providence directory lists "Commercial Garage" at that address. 1. The name involved with the garage is William H Aspinall who is listed as a mechanic, born in October 12th, 1897 2 The 1930 census lists William as being married to Florence A and having 3 children, Helen F, George A and Mildred E. 3

The earliest ad I have found for their one tube receiver is dated March 30, 1924


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Providence Journal
March 30, 1924


Similar ads continue through 1924



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Providence Journal
April 6, 1924


Early in October, 1924 the ads begin to show the inside of the set.



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Providence Journal
October 5, 1924



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Providence Journal
October 7, 1924


The ads continue through October, 1924.



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Providence Journal
October 12, 1924



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Providence Journal
October 19, 1924



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Providence Journal
October 26, 1924


Early in November 1924 we see an ad for the set alone.



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Providence Journal
November 9, 1924


Then on November 12th & 14th, 1924 we see an ad for the set as part of a give away as part of a Dutee Wilcox Flint Ford Dealership ad. I have not been able to connect the Dutee Wilcox Flint with the 4 Flint St address printed on the case.



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Providence Journal
November 12, 1924



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Providence Journal
November 14, 1924


Single ads continue through December of 1924 and then disappear.



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Providence Journal
November 16, 1924



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Providence Journal
November 23, 1924



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Providence Journal
November 30, 1924



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Providence Journal
December 7, 1924






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Ford Radio Company, 1925
Providence, RI
This example is a one tube set.
I can not see many of these surviving
as the case is literally made of paper with a faux leather covering.

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Automobile Trade Journal, Vol14, No.5, 1921
Providence, RI



1 1924 Providence Directory

2 1918 Registration Card

3 1930 Census





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