…”It’s fun to shop at the YMCA”

Earlier in the week I found myself stumbling into the local YMCA shop on the way home from work. I occasionally do the charity shop rounds in the town centre when I’m in the mood. This usually results in a new paperback or the occasional bit of tat for the kids. On entering I had stocking fillers in mind.. but this was quickly put to the back of my mind when my eyes caught sight of this:

It’s a 1934 Stentorian Junior Type 38J ‘for use as a principle speaker’. Despite it’s somewhat disheveled appearance it clearly had to be mine. My wallet was swiftly unearthed from the bottom of my man-bag to close the deal.

What am I going to do with it? It’s still up for debate, but as the amplifier apparently no longer works I’m considering renovating the  veneer, replacing the fabric, carefully removing its inners and fitting a bluetooth speaker of some kind. Thus producing an attractive and useful bit of home audio. I’ve dabbled in this line before, creating a cabinet for the sky box out of a 1930 radiogram with pleasing results. For now it will probably reside in the workshop with a couple of other projects I’ll get around to in the New Year.

Lounge July 2013

Television sitting on an old radiogram hiding the sky box

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About Art Deco Magpie

Seasoned Art Deco collector and blogger Philip Butler, aka Art Deco Magpie, has spent many years transforming the interior of his family home into a 1930’s time warp. Furniture, wall coverings, fixtures, fittings and carpets, nothing has been neglected from his quest to obtain near film set perfection. Combining a love of photography and passion for 20th century history, Philip is now working on his debut book; “Streamline Worcestershire – A Journey Through the Inter-War Modernist Architecture in the County“. Philip lives in Great Malvern with his wife and two young daughters. When not immersing himself in all things Art Deco, he can be found tinkering with classic cars, working in the alcoholic drinks trade, practicing writing in the third person, and trying to be a good dad!
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2 Responses to …”It’s fun to shop at the YMCA”

  1. Pingback: …”It’s fun to shop at the YMCA” — The Art Deco Magpie – GrowNimbly

    • Hi, thanks for the ‘ping back’ (I’ve no idea what that is, but thanks anyway!). I’m sorry to say that 7 months on I still haven’t done any work on the little speaker. It sits in my office as an ornament. One day it shall rise up and become something splended though, you mark my words! Phil

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