The perfect Christmas present in 1934

Radios were kind of like the iPod of the Depression. The December 19, 1934 edition of the Daily News is thick with ads for them—like this model, which features “foreign reception.”

What happened to Spear’s, an appliance store with five locations in the five boroughs?

Sounds like they were the 1930s version of Circuit City, the Wiz, Crazy Eddie, and all the other electronics stores that never seem to last very long.

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3 Responses to “The perfect Christmas present in 1934”

  1. Devyn Says:

    $49.90 was a lot of money back then. Using the Consumer Price Index, this would be over $800 in today’s dollars.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    I imagine it was built to last a long time. That is a sturdy-looking radio.

  3. Juliet Bittencourt Says:

    Spears was a furniture store owned by 3 brothers, Nathaniel, Alexander and Maurice Spear.

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