Westinghouse Model H-496P4 Tube Portable (1950s)
Perhaps this striking red-and-silver portable fits
in the "Machine Age" design category. The clean lines
and stepped shoulders, combined with bold colors,
create a distinctive, skyscraper-like effect.
This set wasn't used much.
The thumbwheel on/off switch and tuning dial
show virtually no wear and the case has no
cracks or noticeable scratches.
The internals are equally pristine. All four tubes
(IR5, IU4, IU5, 3Q4) bear the Westinghouse stamp, so
they're either originals or correct replacements.
The chassis looks like copper-plated steel and it
shows careful design. Like some complex cardboard
containers, it is stamped from a single sheet, then
cleverly folded and slotted to carry a slew
of components in a small space. A similar chassis is
used in my Westinghouse H-417TS.
Power is supplied by the usual A and B batteries,
67.5 volts for the B, and either one or two 1.5-volt
batteries for the A. Unlike some tube portables, this
one can't use AC power, which may
explain its little-used condition.
The original paper labels are still in place inside
the case, and they bear no evidence of component
overheating or leakage, as is fairly common in old
I got this set from a fellow collector in Texas.
The original owner must have liked this radio
a lot. Tou can see his name in four different places inside
the small cabinet. He stuck his mailing address label inside
the battery compartment, inscribed his name and phone
number on both the metal chassis and the inside of the
case, and wrote his name, hometown, and phone number
on the masonite bracket that carries the ferrite loop antenna.
Now, that's pride of ownership!