January 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm #1600
I’m conducting research for an magazine article I’m writing on vintage, Canadian-manufactured radios.
I’d love to be able to include colour photos of a Sparton Bluebird and a Sparton Sled in my article. Photo credit will be given.
The image(s) must be at least 300 dpi resolution.
Permission to publish the photo(s) one-time only, for the purpose of accompanying this article, in an upcoming issue of the Upper Canadian Antique Showcase magazine, is necessary.
I can be emailed at:February 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm #1613BobMForum Participant
There is a nice example of a Sparton Bluebird at the SPARC museum in Coquitlam, BC. I don’t go there very often but if you are still looking in a month or so, I can photograph it for you. Otherwise, one of the other guys may get there before I do and send you a photo. Yet an other alternative is the SPARC museum website which has lots of photos and may have a good one of the Bluebird.
BobFebruary 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm #1614
I’ve been in contact with Peter Trill at SPARC and he’s told me he’ll see if they have a photo of their Bluebird in their archives that I can use. I’m just a bit concerned that it might not be of a great enough resolution for publication purposes.
If you or anyone else is going to be at SPARC in the next month and could take a photo of it for me, that would be great ! I’d really appreciate that.
I’m looking forward to seeing the SPARC Museum myself one day, unfortunately it won’t be this year.
–LarryFebruary 4, 2010 at 2:44 am #1615
I will likley be going to the SPARC museum on Sunday (February 7) and could take a photo or two of the Bluebird for you. My camera is 10M pixels – is that sufficient resolution for your needs? My recollection is that the one on display there has been fitted with a repalcement mirror (and I think it may have a small chip on it) but it looks very nice – you can see it here https://www.flickr.com/photos/colinbeadle/3456938467/. Have you taken a look at https://www.tuberadioland.com/spartonmain.html, https://www.antiqueradio.org/spar04.htm and https://www.tuberadioland.com/sparton566bluebird_main.html?
GerryFebruary 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm #1617
Thanks so much for offering to take a photo of SPARC’s Bluebird for me on Sunday; that’s great !
Yes, a 10 megapixel camera would be give me as much and more resolution as I need. If your camera is able to shoot in either jpeg or tiff mode, that would be even better !
I had a look at the links you sent; there’s some VERY interesting information on Bluebirds out there ! I really appreciate you forwarding these links to me.
This was the first time I’d actually seen’s SPARC’s Bluebird (on flickr), and it’s magnificent. It’s not important to me at all that the mirror may have been replaced, or that it may have a chip in it. What’s important to me is that the photo is coming from a Canadian source (SPARC), and I understand that SPARC’s Bluebird is a Model 154B, the Canadian-made model of which very few still exist. (When you’re at SPARC could you kindly confirm with them that it’s the Canadian-manufactured model ?). Thanks.
When my article is published (in May) I’ll see that you’re given credit for the photo, courtesy of SPARC (if that’s agreeable to all). Of course, I’ll be sure to send a copy of the article once it’s in print to you, and to SPARC.
Many thanks again Gerry, for your most kind offer of assistance.
–LarryFebruary 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm #1620
Heading up to SPARC later today to take the Bluebird photos – in the meanitime, check out these sites:February 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm #1623
That’s great, Gerry. Thanks for sending the links; I’ll check them-out later today. Hope you have a good day at SPARC !
–LarryFebruary 8, 2010 at 1:23 am #1624
Hi-res photos emailed to you this afternoon – small versions below. Click on the photos for a larger version (not hi-res).
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These are EXCELLENT photos ! Better than I had dreamed of. Thank you so much, Gerry, I couldn’t have done this without you. How could one possibly write an article on vintage Canadian radios without mentioning the Bluebird? It’s truly a classic. I’d love to be able to run a photo of the Nocterne in my piece, but unfortunately they weren’t made in Canada. Too bad ! The resolution in these is more than sufficient for what I need. SPARC will certainly be given credit for any of their images that make it to print.
Thanks too for your links to wolfsonian.com and antiqueradio.com. I hadn’t seen these websites before, and they’re chock-full of information. I’m going to have to ask my editor if he’d like a multi-part series on vintage radios; I can’t imagine otherwise how I’m going to condense all of this great information into 1,000 words-or-less !
Great work, Gerry, and thanks a bunch. I owe you one !
–LarryApril 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm #1711Eric StrasenForum Participant
I am probably way late with this, but there is a Sparton Sled radio with blue mirrors for sale on eBay right now. Several good pictures are posted at the site. What a great-looking piece of art!April 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm #1712
Thanks for the tip — I’ll check it out. It’s too late for the article I’ve written, but I’ll still be interested in having a look.
LarryApril 10, 2010 at 3:47 pm #1713Ed StoneForum Participant
And priced to sell I see!
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