This set looks a little
peculiar to my eye. The design of the speaker grille looks wrong
When I removed the back I spotted the
label which tells me it's a Model CN243.It also says "Vidor
Erith" on the back. Is that the model or the town where
it was made?
The answer isn't immediately obvious
and relates to the history of the manufacturer....
It goes something like this. Thomas
Noah Cole started the Vidor company in 1934, naming it after
his daughters and wife, Valerie, Denise and Rebecca. Vidor was
a subsidiary of Burndept and this Vidor set looks remarkably
like a Burndept receiver of the same vintage. Cole set up the
Vidor business in an old gun factory at Erith, Kent.. hence the
name "Erith" on the back of the set. You should read
more about the exploits of Mr Cole.. they're very interesting.
Incidentally, most of the Erith factory was destroyed by German
bombs in 1941. Maybe they thought it was still making guns? Manufacture
of batteries moved to Dundee and South Shields but the Erith
factory re-opened after the war and made portable radios and
I suspect, like its Ever Ready counterparts,
that the set was the product of an out-of-control design department.
Ever Ready introduced their sets to sell more Ever Ready batteries.
They were battery sets, at least they started out that way. The
Ever Ready designers decided to spread their wings, as it were,
and branched out into mains sets. Perhaps Vidor did the same?
Certainly they wouldn't sell many Vidor batteries for this model
as it's an AC/DC set that works from mains.
It was probably a daft idea anyway.
One could equally fit an Ever Ready battery as a Vidor battery
into a battery powered Vidor set. Maybe it was dreaded cheaply
imported "foreign" batteries caused the firms to cut
their losses and branch out into mains sets, but I suspect it
was probably just fierce competion between Ever Ready and Vidor...?