Atwater Kent Model 447 Tombstone Radio (1934)
The impressive Atwater Kent model 447 upright "midget" radio was introduced
at a June 1934 Convention held for Atwater Kent dealers in Atlantic City. It was
the company's top-of-the-line table model for 1934, with a list price of $72.50,
complete with tubes.
The model 447 and its Atwater Kent contemporaries, the 206 included,
represented a new direction in styling for the company. Mostly gone were the
outdated, staid cathedral styles that had comprised the bulk of their midget
lines through the preceding few years, replaced now with a line of modernistic
sets more befitting of the early 1930s machine age. Stylistically at least, the
company's 1934 models were class acts in the genre.
The 447 is an all-wave ac super-heterodyne tuning from 540 - 22,500 kcs in
four bands. The dial uses an ingenious mechanism that rotates into view only
the markings for the band currently selected, in what might be considered a
forerunner of the shutter dial made famous by Zenith a few years later.
Another aspect of the tuning mechanism is its dual speed capability, the
selection being effected by sliding the tuning knob either up or down in a man-
ner not unlike that of an automobile's stick shifter.
All means ALL in Atwater Kent ALL-wave Radio!
The 447 uses 7 tubes with line-up 58 (RF amp), 2A7 (mixer/LO), 58 (1st IF amp), 58 (2nd IF), 2A6 (2nd
det/control/1st AF), 2A5 (AF output) and 80 (rectifier). Surprisingly, the set does not feature push-pull
outputs though it does have dual IFs. The schematic can be found here, courtesy of NostalgiaAir.
The radio's five controls are, clockwise from upper left, vol/on/off, tuning, wave-band selector, sensitivity
switch, four-point tone control.
|ALL Wave - Model 447 - 7-tube
superheterodyne. 9 tuned circuits. 4 tuning
bands include complete world-wide reception
from 540 kilocycles to 22.5 megacycles.
4-point tone control. 8" electrodynamic
speaker. Illuminated shadow tuning. Top
quality at lowest price. $74.50 f.o.b.
If it's not all-wave it's obsolete.
|447 - 7-tube A.C. Compact - marvelous sensitive [sic] and very selective - superb tone -
six-section gang condensor - all wave tuning - two-speed vernier tuning - new type full-vision
illuminated dial - four-point tone control - automatic-volume-control - eight-inch improved
dynamic speaker - shadow tuning - finely finished handsome cabinet. Complete with tubes.
|Atwater Kent Radio
With Outstanding Features of Cabinet Design and Latest Technical Development