Books and Publications For Sale

The following publications are available to purchase via the BVWS.

To order, please write with a cheque or your credit card details to Mike Barker. Cheques must be made payable to "BVWS". For your own security please do not send credit card details by email.

For orders outside the UK, please email or write for a postage quote before ordering unless international postage rates are shown.

Valveman

Valveman - The story of one man's lifetime of obsession.

DVD (PAL, region 0), approx 45 minutes.

All proceeds go directly to the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum.
Full details are given on the valveman page on the BVWTM website

Price £11.50 (including p&p), £12.50 in EEC, Rest of world £13.00.

Also available at BVWS events and in person at the museum for £9.99.

Obsession

Obsession - A Life in Wireless

Gerald Wells.

Paperback book, 196 pages.

The autobiography of Gerald Wells, edited by Jonathan Hill. Full details are given on this page.

£6 plus £2 UK postage and packing.

Attaché Radios

Attaché Radios

Mark Johnson

An 80-page guide to the many Attaché-case portable radios produced in Britain during the late nineteen-forties and nineteen-fifties, featuring 140 sets in full colour.

The book contains detailed specifications for each model, extensive information on colour variations, and over 200 additional images of sales literature, trade advertisements and related products.

£17.00 (£12.00 for BVWS members) plus £2.50 UK postage and packing (£3.50 Europe / £5.50 Rest of World)

The History of the British Vintage Wireless Society 1976-1996

The History of the British Vintage Wireless Society 1976-1996

Jonathan Hill

Paperback book, 176 pages, 208 photos.

A personal account of the BVWS and of Radio Collecting written and produced by Jonathan Hill.

It celebrates and records the year-by-year achievements of the BVWS from it's foundation in 1976 to it's 20th anniversary exhibition in 1996. It may be employed as a useful reference in conjunction with the Society's long-standing journal, the Bulletin, as there are numerous cross-references to this particular publication within the text.

It also contains a fascinating personal account of the history of radio collecting in Britain throughout this period with descriptions of markets, auctions, exhibitions and many other events.

Jonathan Hill has been associated with the BVWS from the beginning, having been a founder member, past Editor, Membership Secretary and Harpenden Organiser. He works as a freelance writer and publisher in Exeter.

The front and rear covers show a detailed view of a well-stocked London wireless shop, photographed by W.B. Campbell of The Press Studio in about 1924.

£5.00 plus £2.50 UK postage and packing (£3.50 Europe / £5.50 Rest of World)

Tickling The Crystal 1

Tickling The Crystal - Domestic British Crystal Sets of the 1920s.

Ian L Sanders. Photography by Carl Glover.

Hardback book, 256 pages.

Tickling the Crystal is the first book dedicated to the topic of British crystal sets to be published in the last 25 years. Written by a long-time authority and enthusiast, Tickling the Crystal is the most comprehensive work on the subject ever assembled. Containing almost 200 photographs and a wealth of previously unpublished material, it cannot fail to be an invaluable reference for anyone interested in the history of early receivers.

£29.95 (£14.95 for BVWS members) plus £7 UK postage and packing.

Tickling The Crystal 2

Tickling The Crystal 2 - Domestic British Crystal Sets of the 1920s.

Ian L Sanders. Photography by Carl Glover.

Hardback book, 208 pages.

This second volume of Tickling the Crystal complements the first, and expands on the story of domestic crystal sets during the nascent broadcast years of the early 1920s. Like its predecessor, this volume is packed with full-page photographs and a vast amount of previously unpublished information relating to models, manufacturers and broadcast conditions. Together, the two volumes fill a void in the much-neglected field of vintage wireless literature and are intended to provide a comprehensive reference work for enthusiasts and collectors. They are likely to remain the benchmark on the subject for many years to come.

£29.95 (£24.95 for BVWS members) plus £7 UK postage and packing.

Tickling The Crystal 3

Tickling The Crystal 3 - Domestic British Crystal Sets of the 1920s.

Ian L Sanders. Photography by Carl Glover.

Hardback book, 240 pages.

This book, produced with the same careful attention to detail as its companions, completes the Tickling the Crystal "trilogy". Between them, the three volumes cover just about every aspect of domestic British crystal sets of the 1920s and are filled with information dealing with early wireless and the beginnings of broadcasting in the United Kingdom as well as the sets themselves. The combined work contains well over 350 full-page photographs of receivers and associated apparatus, along with reference material on literally hundreds of other models. Such a comprehensive review has never been previously attempted and the three-book set is intended to be the definitive work on the subject.

£29.95 (£24.95 for BVWS members) plus £7 UK postage and packing.

Tickling The Crystal 4

Tickling The Crystal 4 - Domestic British Crystal Sets of the 1920s.

Ian L Sanders. Photography by Carl Glover.

Hardback book, 280 pages.

This is the book that was never meant to be. The Tickling the Crystal series, which it has to be admitted has evolved rather than been carefully orchestrated, was inteneded to be complete with the publication of the third volume. But, as John Lennon observed when reflecting on human unpredictability, life is what happens while we're busy making other plans. it is in this spirit that volume four has been assembled.

£29.95 (£24.95 for BVWS members) plus £7 UK postage and packing.

Tickling The Crystal 5

Tickling The Crystal 5 - Domestic British Crystal Sets of the 1920s.

Ian L Sanders. Photography by Carl Glover.

Hardback book, 252 pages.

Tickling the Crystal 5 offers another serving of crystal set photographs, manufacturer and model data and general miscellanea. A review of broadcasting conditions in the "regions" reflects the challenges of the crystal set era, when the BBC's aim, with their limited resources, was to provide as much coverage for crystal listeners as was technically possible. In addition to much new information, updates and - where applicable - corrections to facts and figures published in earlier volumes is provided.

£29.95 (£24.95 for BVWS members) plus £7 UK postage and packing.

Tickling The Crystal Index and Supplement

Tickling The Crystal - Index and Supplement.

Ian L Sanders. Photography by Carl Glover.

80 pages of GPO No. era British crystal sets, including comprehensive index listing sets in all five volumes of Tickling The Crystal.

£11.95 (£9.95 for BVWS members) plus £2.50 UK postage and packing.

Tickling The Crystal 1-5

Tickling The Crystal 1 to 5 - Domestic British Crystal Sets of the 1920s.

Ian L Sanders. Photography by Carl Glover.

The complete set of five hardback books with free slipcase for volumes 1 to 3.

£139.75 (£104.75 for BVWS members) plus £15 UK postage and packing.

Tickling The Crystal 1-3

Tickling The Crystal 1, 2 and 3 - Domestic British Crystal Sets of the 1920s.

Ian L Sanders. Photography by Carl Glover.

Three hardback books complete with free slipcase

£89.95 (£72.85 for BVWS members) plus £15 UK postage and packing.

Tickling The Crystal slipcase

Tickling The Crystal slipcase

To hold Tickling The Crystal 1, 2 and 3

Supplied free if you buy all three books (see above). Also available separately.

£9.95 plus £4 UK postage and packing.

Radio! Radio!

Radio! Radio! (3rd Edition)

Jonathan Hill

Hardback book, 320 pages.

Radio! Radio! is a celebration in words and pictures of the development of the British wireless set from its experimental beginnings on Victorian England, to the foundation of a domestic wireless manufacturing industry and the inception of broadcasting in the early 1920s. The story continues on through the design-conscious 1930s (where the radio really came into its own as a piece of furniture), to the war-torn and austere days of the 1940s. The first transistor radios began to appear in the second half of the 1950s and in this new edition, this rather neglected area has been fully covered by a section all of its own which includes a directory listing of nearly 3,000 different transistor models. The book finishes after the 1960s, by which time our long established and once great radio industry had all but been destroyed by foreign imports. Now with 320 pages and over 1,000 illustrations, informative captions and carefully researched text. Radio! Radio! is the first and still the only truly comprehensive book of its kind ever to be published.

£35.00 (£30.00 for BVWS members) plus £9 UK postage and packing.

A First Class Job!

A First Class Job! - Frank Murphy, Radio Pioneer

Joan Long

Paperback book, 208 pages.

In A First Class Job! Joan Long describes how from minute beginnings her father's blend of enthusiasm, integrity and professionalism combined to forge a company that became famous nation-wide for the quality of its products.

£4 plus £2 UK postage and packing.

Set of three BVWS Posters

Set of three BVWS Posters

Three designs depicting wireless sets from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s onwards. This image shows typical examples of the types of sets depicted. Each poster contains dozens of images.

£6 per set plus £4 UK postage and packing.