Console radio from the movie "A Christmas Story"
Here's a little slice of trivia about the console radio featured in the movie "A Christmas Story". Does anybody own one?
Be sure to drink your Ovaltine!
Nope but I too almost shot out my eye. LOL
My all time favorite movie., have something to glow about!
lot of research and identified what model it was by looking through every page of about five years of 1940s era Toronto, Ontario newspapers.
Then, it took me roughly two years of searching around to locate one for sale - bought this one in 2007. Still needs some TLC.
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Proud owner of one too, acquired from a radio auction 2 years ago, the power transformer is shut but but the cabinet is fine.
Another of too many projects.
I visited the Christmas Story house in Cleveland this year. They have a Philco radio on display inside the house in place of the original. The owners said they have been looking for the correct one for sometime. Maybe one of you fine gentleman would donate yours Cleveland, of all places??? The story takes place in Hammond, Indiana, where I grew up. (That's where Jean Shepard grew up, too, though I never ran into him while he was there, strangely. I believe he went to Hammond High, while I went to Hammond Tech, across the alley. The schools were huge rivals. We were the bad boys. They were kind of uppity)) In his stories, he called it Hohman, Indiana, which is actually the name of the main drag through down town.
I knew the guy what actually did shot his eye out...
This month's ARC has an article on this very subject..
As the moderator of this small piece of antique radio internet real estate, I have to honestly say that I am glad this topic comes up every year. It's a lot of fun because new stuff is revealed and learned each year.
Compared to the clubhouse forum, this one is a breath of fresh air, and this topic is like the seasonal smell of fresh pine trees in that same air.
Ahh, its smelling like Christmas. Chestnuts on the open fire and noobies asking about that radio
I'm not meaning to be nasty. It has become part of Christmas for radio hounds on the forum!
I think I still am a noobie!
The primary reasons they filmed the movie where they did was because of the availability of locations which they didn't have to change to backdate them to circa. 1940.
I guess Hammond, Indiana wasn't as easy for them to do.
Most of the exterior house shots were done in Cleveland, as were the Higbee's department store shots.
The school used as Warren G. Harding is in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
The interior house shots were filmed in Toronto, Ontario, which is why a lot of the decor is Canadian made.
The outdoor shots that needed 1940s era streetcars in the background were all filmed in Toronto, because we used to have a lot of them here up until the early 1990s and were the only City at the time that had them readily available in areas that still had lots of architecture from before or during the 1940s.
To my knowledge, there are now only three old streetcars still owned and operated by the TTC and that's only on an excursion basis. Two of them are 1930s style PCCs and one of them is a recently restored 1920s era Peter Witt.
I've been trying to locate one for over two years with no luck. There was one for sale in western PA last year. When I called about it, the woman told me she sold it 5 minutes ago. This is exactly why I don't buy lottery tickets.
Strange, I thought the movie story took place in 1937.
I believe the movie was set in 1940 because of Ralphie's remark while watching the Christmas parade. As part of the parade, characters from the "Wizard of Oz" movie, such as the Tin Man, walk by. Ralphie says that he saw them in the parade "last year". Since the movie Wizard of Oz was released in the summer of 1939, then "last year" to Ralphie would have been 1939.