Antique Radios in “Babylon 5”

In Season 2, Episode 7 of television program “Babylon 5” (1994-1998), you can see a few antique radios in the space station’s Earth History Exhibit.

With the help of some other radio hobbyists, I’ve identified the interesting ones. On the top shelf left to right, the wooden Tombstone radio is an unknown Wilcox-Gay model from around 1934; next is a Zenith 5G500 portable radio with Wave Magnet antenna, the Red square is an Emerson model 560, and finally the blue peaking out of the frame on the right of the top shelf is a 1960s GE radio in the C430A family. None of those are particularly special radios now, although they are nice and interesting, and in the ’90s they were probably easier to find for cheaper.

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3 Responses to Antique Radios in “Babylon 5”

  1. Pat says:

    Glad found your site. Do you buy vintage HiFi’s also?
    I have a Zenith almost identical to what you worked on, although it’s still working well.
    Please let me know what you think, or if you know of anyone that may be interested.
    Thanks much,
    PK Branch

  2. mike says:

    Hi, I have a 1936 5-s-29 Zenith, the glass for the dial is broken, any help to find a replacement? Thanks!

  3. Ed Guidry says:

    i saw on that zenith console restoration you changed out a lot of signal caps, some looked like old Sprague black beauties. Willing to sell any? They’re no longer good at the rated voltage, probably leaky, but I like them in guitar tone controls, where there’s just millivolts going through them.

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