Westinghouse model H-126 "Little Jewel"

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This refurb took a long time. It started In September and ended in November. I would come home from work and do one or two repairs a day. It's not perfect but it has a new lease on life and will work for many more years. This "refrigerator radio" with its six tubes is going to help heat up the house this winter. It should be called a "space heater radio."

When I soldered the last capacitor in place I said to Andrea, "I hope I never see another one of these again."

On the same day I made that remark I got an email from someone I'd never heard of.

Mike (SkyKing), I've been trying to get in touch. I have a Little Jewel radio you can have free. If interested email back.

Hmmm... for free? OK. I changed my mind. Maybe it will be a wreck and I can use the handle. I wrote back and said I would PayPal the shipping and in response got:
Mike, No shipping. I'm in North Wales. Come pick it up anytime . <ADDRESS>  <PHONE #>. Hank

So how do you like that? I have Internet and email friends all over the world who are interested in radio but I didn't personally know a single one of them, and here Hank lives within walking distance!

We met Hank and his wife Dot, both extremely nice people They treated us like we were old friends. We left with an all original, unrestored Little Jewel model H-125!

Thanks, Hank!

Looking at Hank's Little Jewel, I discovered a piece of felt under the handle. Who would have known? Haha, I thought it was a clump of dust and tried to vacuum it off, but it turned from gray to brown.
 
I also saw that the little spring-loaded handle locks, as well as the metal reinforcements around the handle sockets, were added AFTER the "clamshells" had been painted. This is interesting, because it would have risked scratching them at the factory.

I also found three rubber bumpers that cushion the speaker, glued to the brass part of the case. Add that to the parts count. Except for one vacuum tube, it is all original, and it's going to stay that way for now.
 


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Thanks goes out to westcoastjohn who wrote, "The Real refrigerator radio is the Philco Model 42-KR3, which is curved to rest perfectly on top of the Philco fridge. So naturally it would have been offered for sale along with the fridge, and being a cheap AA5, it might have been included with the purchase of a new fridge at some point by some appliance dealers."
Philco Model 42-KR3 on top of the refrigerator.


wiscojim wrote, "Although it's true that the Philco was designed to ride on top of their fridges, the only true "refrigerator radios" I know of are the Crosley Shelvadors that had the radio built into the refrigerator itself."

Personally, I don't see the point of putting hot vacuum tubes anywhere near a refrigerator, let alone IN it, but this is it, the refrigerator radio. How did they send it out to the shop when it broke?

This has nothing to do with a Westinghouse Little Jewel, other than the "refrigerator radio" nickname, but I think it is relevant. There WERE at least two "refrigerator radios." The Little Jewel wasn't one of them and you didn't get one for free. Case closed. CLACK!


 
   
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