After a while collecting old radios and televisions, you will find there's
a whole world of possibility collecting associated goodies. There are
of course the service manuals – these are invaluable to any serious
restorer/collector but may be hard to come by (if you need Murphy service
information drop me an e-mail, I've a useful selection). The material I've
christened 'Murphy-bilia' is mainly sales literature and operators handbooks.
In this section I present a selection of such material that I've collected over the years. WARNING: All the images in this section are quite large, they are intended to be printed, not viewed. N.B. Don't just press the print button on your web browser. When have you ever known that to reproduce a web-page exactly? No, save the files to your hard-disk and print them using a graphics program. You won't be disappointed. All the main images are scanned at 100dpi (or greater) resolution.
|An advert from a 1931 edition of "Modern Home".
Frank Murphy with his pipe…
Get your free copy of "Making Wireless Simple".
|The Murphy catalogue for 1933.
This catalogue cover the A4, D4, B5 & A8.
|Two Murphy catalogues for 1934.
Frank Murphy with his inevitable pipe…
These catlogues cover A24,D24 & B24.
|A free wavelength chart provided by Your Murphy Dealer,
"Swallow's of Richmond" (that's Richmond North Yorkshire).
It covers the '24 range of receivers so dates from 1934/5.
|The Murphy catalogue for 1935.
This catalogue covers the complete range of '26' models – including B25.
|The Murphy A28C. Another technological 'tour de force' from the
This was the first British radio to be fitted with Automatic Tuning Correction
It was also the first Murphy with station names on the tuning scale.
A.T.C. allowed the user to simply tune the radio somehwere close to the desired station
In this form, A.T.C. can't be said to have been a success (though it is great fun to use!),
the only other comparable radio was the A28's successor the A40.
A.T.C. did however, come into its own a few years later with the advent of motorised tuning.
|Some Dealer price display cards from 1936.
A30RG Display card. 185k
B23 Display card. 207k
|A nice catalogue covering the 1937 range of radios.
1937 Catalogue. 3573k
|Frank Murphy left the company in 1937 – E.J.Power was
the man in charge – so there's not a pipe to be seen in this leaflet.
|The consumer electronics was as faddy in 1938 as it is today.
The big idea then was 'Push Buttons'.
This booklet was written by E.J.Power to dispel a common belief that a set was, by definition, good if it had those buttons.
And, if you were interested in how a good push button model should be made, you might be interested in the Murphy A52!
|A nice catalogue covering most of the 1938 range of radios.
|An enormous poster to help Murphy dealers determine the trade-in value of old Murphys...
It looks good on the wall too!
|A rather nice pamphlet covering the 70 & 72 range.
Trust Your Murphy Dealer - he isn't in it for the money, honest!
|There's no mention of the A78 or that years televisions.
If you were wondering about the 'A' suffix on certain models in the 1938 and 1939 ranges you may like to know that these were equipped with an extra waveband to receive 'Trawler Band'. Very useful if you lived in coastal areas, but there's precious little to pick up on this band inshore! Models covered:-
The Remote control unit could be fitted to any AC model.
|The B81 portable receiver. Released in May 1939 price £8 15s. 0d.
An ideal companion for those boring times in the air-raid shelter...
|A catalogue from early 1940 covering the B81 portable, B89 & '90 table models.|
|What Murphy is doing to help the War Effort...
A catalogue from 1940 covering the B89, '90 range, B91 & A92.
|Two adverts dating from the 1940's.
Don't trust anyone other than your Murphy Dealer.
The new 'Wartime Civilian Receiver'.
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