February 12, 2008 at 5:31 am #887
I have a Chisholm radio, donated to me about 3 years ago by one of my colleagues at work when he retired and moved to Costa Rica. The set was bought (new) in the early 1950’s for his wife by her parents when she was a girl living somewhere on north Vancouver Island after a spell she had in hospital – she had kept it ever since. My Chisholm is not the best looking of radios but the cabinet is very solid and contains a large speaker. I removed the chassis, but have done nothing with it (yet). I could not find any information on the set and even contacted Lloyd Swackhammer after failing to see Chisholm Industries mentioned in his most excellent book ‘Radios of Canada’ (https://www.hammondmuseumofradio.org/lloyds_book.html). Lloyd very kindly wrote back and said that Chisholm was mentioned in the first edition of his book, but somehow got missed when he revised it. He confirmed that they were based in the Vancouver area and sent me some information from the first edition of his book (see attached scan) and some schematics. Unfortunately the model that he sent the schematics for was not mine… I mentioned this to folks at the SPARC museum in Coquitlam and garnered some more tidbits about Chisholm, one of which was that their manufacturing plant was a long dome-roofed blue-painted building located on Moody Street/Electronic Ave in Port Moody (hence the name ‘Electronic Ave.’, which I had wondered about for some time, passing it every day on my way to the office). I think it was mentioned that they also made TV’s. Another SPARC member mentioned recently that he had just bought a Chisholm ‘chairside’ radio that he was interested in obtaining a schematic for plus any other information relating to Chisholm as part of a bit of local radio history research – a most worthy cause. Any help would be very much appreciated!
I have attached a couple of photos of my Chisholm, Model No. 630, dating from 1950(ish).
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There is one on craigslist
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Breaking News! – CVRS member ‘Abbotsfordgerry’ managed to located Mr Jim Chisholm through a mutual acquaintance. Jim is the son of the founder of Chisholm Industries Ltd (CIL), Mr Edd Chisholm, who started the company (as Vancouver Radio Laboratories) in 1933. Jim very kindly met with Gerry and I, as representatives of the SPARC museum in Coquitlam, to discuss the history of the company and also the company founded by Jim himself, Glenayre Electronics. Jim provided us with a large envelope of documents and photos pertaining to CIL that is currently being catalogued and scanned – the aim is to prepare a display and other materials such as to document and preserve the history of CIL. Unfortunately, no schmatics were included in the package – it would seem that the engineering records have long since been disposed. However, there is a manual, dated 1944 (including full schematics) for an all-wave communications-type set produced by VRL for the Canadian military, called the ‘VLR’. We are currently trying to locate one of these sets – photo below.
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More good news on the Chisholm story – SPARC museum has located several VRL sets plus some transceivers and domestic sets in its collection. A poster summarising the history and achevements of the company has been prepared for a new display area to be constructed near the entrance foyer at the museum. Some photos of the museum’s Chisholm collection are attached to this post.
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