Murphy Radio Model U144 From 1949
Also introduced in 1949 was the U144 portable mains receiver. This is quite a forward looking design, the two case halves are identical and the set therefore has no front or back. Two examples are shown left, and both are the original sprayed finish. Examples are seen either with a contrasting relief area of a slightly different shade around the tuning dial or sprayed all one colour. All receivers featured the rather daring choice of pastel blue control knobs set into the handle. I occasionally see these sets in unpainted brown bakelite at collectors fairs etc, but closer inspection has always revealed traces of spray paint in difficult to get at screw recesses or similar. Therefore I suspect that if the cases have become too scratched the owner (or dealer) has removed all the paint rather than respray or touch-in colour. In fact the set doesn’t look too bad in unfinished bakelite, but is probably not original. Valve line up is 10C1, 10F9, 10LD11, 10P13, U404.
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