About the Nature of the Collection and about the Collector


I began to collect radio sets and the literature connected to them in 1995. It gives me a great pleasure and is very relaxing beside my work at the Mayor's Office. My collection consists of 1250 radios (website: 630 radios and 1250 radios www.radiomusem.org) , mainly valve sets, and 350 transistor radios.

The main organisational idea of my collection is the history of technology. That's why there is enough room either for a Philips Népvevő from 1926 and for a Bang & Olufsen Beomaster 900 from 1964, which is the first radio with stereo transistor.

I also take care of some old microphones and service instruments beside radio sets and technical books. It is my most ardent wish is to establish a permanent exhibition or to take part actively in establishing a museum, for which I can see a good chance within one or two years considering my attempts. That's why it was a great pleasure to me to get on the world's net first in Hungary (of course, only in this category) in November 1998 and my collection became visible for other people too.

My newest acquisition is Ingelen US 437 W Geographic, which has a colourful round tuning dial of the map of European cities with lights flashing up during looking for the radio stations; but I was delighted of the Orion 222 (1936). US 437 is valued highly by western collectors.

I'm a founder member of the Rádiógyűjtők Magyarországi Klub-jának (the Hungarian Club of Radio Collectors) that was formed in June 1998.

In the beginning of 1998 a double CD-ROM was published by the Postai és Távközlési Múzeum Alapítvány (the Foundation of Post and Telecommunicational Museum) with the title of "A magyar rádiózás története és a vevőkészülékek katalógusa" (The History of Hungarian radio and Catalogue of Receivers), in which my collection also appears with some sets.

I can offer this publication to those who are interested because of its historico-cultural and technological importance.

Many people asked me about the story of getting on the Web, some sentences about it. I have always been led by the aim to make it a common property (beside many other reasons) and the problems with storing also became a strong motive power. That's why I donated my collection to the town of Zalaegerszeg in 1997, but unfortunately our museum has dragged on for a long time. In the meantime I had the possibility to surf on the Web and the things I saw were followed by actions. So my redirection activity is not the same as it was. I was really bothered with the fact that I couldn't find any Hungarian addresses and I took a step with a digital camera and with the help of the leader of Zalaszám, Péter Szász. I was the first in my country who got on the Retro-Phonia offered to others too, and everybody can find any kind of "delicacy" to his or her liking.

The address of my homepage is: http://www.zalaszam.hu/radio; I always do the refreshing , but I have a lot of material beside these (posters, articles, etc.) and they have been waiting for being visible for anybody else for a long time.

Finally, I would like to thank to Dr Péter Szász and to his Colleagues that they Zalaszám Kft. has supported and helped with carrying out my idea and the possibility that Hungary can also join the Radio Collectors' international team.

Selyem Tóth Sándor
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