Melomite - The Magic Crystal

Tuesday, August 7, 2007 9:36:46 PM

While cleaning out the attic of our wonderfully cute new house I discovered quite them geeky gem.  A cardboard piece of cardstock paper with two staples and pretty old looking.  Here is the text of the "Front":

The Magic Crystal
Radio Crystal 25c

Super Sensitive
Guaranteed     Guarantee      Tone Tested

This genuine "Melomite"
radio crystal is made of selected radio mineral and is guaranted to give perfect satisfaction"

Alva F. Allen
Clinton. MO., U.S.A

The "Back" is a bit more complex and I won't type it out here, the gist of it is a basic set of instructions on how to make your own radio, which requires 4 1/2" x 3" wood board, coil of wire, ground, arial antenna (100-200ft is best), posts, tack and the crystal.

The copyright on the back is from 1932.  This house was built in 1941 so it is a good chance that it has been up there since its inital purchase or around there.  I did notice another piece of paper, which until after I found this meant nothing, so I vacuumed it up (sorry).  It was a shipping sheet from the same city/state, though whether it is related I am unsure.  Oh well.  I guess I will never know.

If anybody knows any more about this, let me know.  A search of Melomite Crystal in google yields nothing.  How sad.


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