Retro, Genuine Vintage, serviced, new fuses
Serial No. 6369
Manufactured: Made in AUSTRALIA
Genuine Vintage, serviced, new fuses
Kriesler – thanks to vintage-radio.com.au
Kriesler began as a small company based in Sydney in 1926. Kriesler initially used many imported components in the manufacture of their sets but the production runs were quite small for the time. In 1933 the momentum of expansion and progress wasn’t enough to keep Kriesler afloat and the company was liquidated. The new owner gave the company a slight name change and then Kriesler Australasia Limited underwent a restructure to effect some cost savings. Kriesler went on to produce a 10 valve receiver in 1935 that they claimed to be the most powerful receiver ever made.
They also became known for producing their own loudspeakers, which not many manufacturers were able to do because of the tooling up costs. Most manufacturers, including AWA who also had extensive ability to make loudspeakers preferred to outsource production to companies like Amplion, Magnavox and Rola.
During World War II Kriesler made transmitters and various electrical components for aircraft in the Royal Australian Air Force. Whilst most radio manufacturing had ceased between 1941 and 1945, Kriesler still made limited runs of models, mainly 6 volt vibrator models to cater for those wanting to listen to news about the war containing either six or seven valves.
It was 1950 and Kriesler was taken over by Philips Industries Limited but production remained largely autonomous and for years after, new radios and televisions were sold under the Kriesler brand. Kriesler became generally synonymous with producing upmarket television and stereo radiograms and floor models had many speakers and considerable size. For some odd reason Kriesler equipment was distributed in all states except Tasmania. At the end of the valve era Kriesler produced many solid state radios with the new germanium transistors and diodes though televisions maintained a valve compliment until colour was introduced in 1974.
In 1983 Krielser was wound up after pressure from imports and the advent of the video cassette recorder. It is believed that Philips still owns the brand as a trademark.