Restoring antique radios and collectibles has been a deep seated, passion of mine. I grew up in the charming town of Osawatomie, Kansas (population 5000), along with my six brothers and four sisters. We may not have had much but, what we did have, we learned to appreciate and be thankful for.
Our unpretentious town comprised of old brick structures, grand architecture along with cobblestone roads was the ideal setting for me and my old-world values. We had a small town grocery store with 30s thru the 50s fixtures and a local Rexall drug store with original soda fountain counters and displays. Growing up in those down to earth surroundings has given me a genuine appreciation of eras gone by and the quality of true American craftsmanship.
I started collecting small Coca Cola items and other antiques. In 1987, I bought my first tabletop radio at the local flea market. I was attracted to the Art Deco design and even more fascinated with the types of wood used, and the artistry of how the different woods and grains were integrated into the overall design. From that day on…I was hooked! I would get up around 4:30 AM – 5:00 AM on Saturdays and walk through the junk piles at the San Jose Flea Market. Soon there after, I found another fellow radio enthusiast in Santa Clara who was an avid collector and together we started restoring and repairing the electronics we bought. Before long, I knew that I had found my niche collecting 30s and 40s era radios and artifacts.
I love how these eras show the true artistic workmanship and classic Art Deco designs at a time when the U.S. was trying to recover from a depression and the years of America being at war. Despite the hardship our country endured, the men and women who worked in the factories took extreme pride in the products they produced that were “built to last” and live on forever. I would love to be around long enough to see our country get back to this kind of commitment and pride. It was a time when Made in America, meant just that and it showed in all the items we manufactured.
Throughout the decades, my favorite pastime has enabled me to assemble a vast inventory of radio makes and styles. Each meticulously restored piece has been a labor of love, so much so, that I cannot part with them once they are finished. The purpose of this website is to share my enthusiasm with others to view and enjoy. I have plans to open the Bradyola Museum in the near future, where people can experience hundreds of these technologically historical communication models up close in their natural backdrop. In the meantime, we hope you will enjoy browsing the site and taking a journey back in time.