The Atwater Kent model 206 tombstone radio is today
an icon of a design style that typified the early thirties.
Its harmonious features, taken as a whole, are a
timeless reminder of an era when radios were more
than mere program-receiving artifacts but rather were
intended to be beautiful and treasured centerpieces of
the home. The 206 is yet another example of the
masterful Atwater Kent models that are today
considered the design classics of their time. It must
have made its original owners as proud to own it then
as I am of owning it today.
In words borrowed from 1934 Atwater Kent advertising,
the 206 is a "six tube compact model with three tuning
ranges - all American broadcasting - foreign shortwave and all
police - amateur - airplane signals, airplane type illuminated
dial, 3-point tone control, two-speed tuning, automatic volume
control and large dynamic speaker. A classic design cabinet".
It could be found for sale in 1934 for $49.90, complete
I purchased this radio in late 2006 from an on-line radio
sales site. I was told by the seller that he had obtained
the radio from a lady who had inherited it from her
parents. So long as she could remember, it had been
carefully kept, wrapped in a towel.
Atwater Kent Model 206 Tombstone Radio (1934)
Atwater Kent 206 ...everything you could ask of radio is here.
For those who want fine reception and all the latest features in a small cabinet.
The chassis is an ac-powered super-heterodyne type
using 6 tubes, the line up being 58 (RF amp), 2A7
(mixer/LO), 58 (IF amp), 2A6 (2nd-detector/AVC/1st
AF), 2A5 (power output pentode) and the ubiquitous 80
The Atwater Kent Quality Statement
"There is no substitute for quality. When you are buying
Atwater Kent radio, you are buying quality. You are buying the
product of a company that would rather not sell than build
down to a price. List prices of Atwater Kent radios are set at
the lowest possible figure commensurate with their superior
construction, and in consequence do not contemplate
fictitious "trade-in" or other misleading allowances. You can
buy Atwater Kent radio with confidence, the assurance that in
its price class each set represents the best value on the
market. Always of up-to-the-minute design, built of the highest
quality materials available, assembled with the utmost care
and precision and sold by a company that stands squarely
behind every set bearing its name".
Source: mutliple 1934 Atwater Kent advertisements.
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