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1937 Air Castle model 25 Bluetooth radio with FM and Aux inputs.
1937 Air Castle (Spiegel) model 25 Bluetooth speakers system with Aux inputs and FM radio.


This radio was manufactured and sold by one of the longest running and famous American furniture and clothing catalogue stores. I've not been able to find another model 25 on any of the museum websites. Not a picture; not a drawing, nothing! It appears to be quite rare. There is no doubt who manufactured it, Air Castle, so it could even have been a prototype? The date 1937 is plus or minus a year as I've found other models from this year with the same internal workings.

Follow this link for a YouTube video: https://youtu.be/hZo0JJ4VJ8o

Bluetooth, FM radio and Aux inputs for iPod etc.

Connect to almost any Bluetooth devise.

80 two speaker system exactly paired with our 80 watt top class digital amplifier ensures the best possible sound quality. If they are not exactly paired you lose either bass or treble quality. We've installed two high output dual cone speakers due. By installing dual cone speakers we get the same sound quality as our normal 4 speaker systems. Space limited us to a two speaker system.

Excellent stereo sound quality across all frequency ranges.

Can be used as a guitar amp!

The original radio is still completely intact.

Original on/off switch functions.

Original volume control functions.

Back lighting functions.

This system sounds and looks great!

Supplied with either an American, U.K. or European plug. Our speaker systems are all low voltage and powered by an external 12volt supply which meets modern safety standards. (Shortage Protection, Overload Protection, Over Voltage Protection /Safety Compliance: CCC /CE)


Case condition: The case has been restored but does have sights of its age; some scratches and sun fading along with a small dent on its top. All of this adds to this beautiful radio!


line-in/AUX jack,
Bluetooth 3.0 connection, (works on all Bluetooth devices, 30+ feet away)
USB/MP3 player,
FM radio tuner.


History of the radio:

This radio was manufactured and sold by one of the longest running American furniture and clothing catalogue stores. I've not been able to find another model 25 on any of the museum website; not a picture, not a drawing, nothing! It appears to be quite rare. There is no doubt who manufactured it, Air Castle, so it could even have been a prototype? The date 1937 is plus or minus a year as I've found other models from this year with the same internal workings.

Josef Spiegel, son of a German Rabbi, in Chicago started a small trading company he named J. Spiegel and Company. His success was mainly through catalog order trade. He started in furniture and clothing and later had a complete selection of goods, even electrical appliances like radios.

Spiegel was born in Abenheim, near the city of Worms in the Grand Duchy of Hesse, to a Jewish family, the son of Regina and Moses Spiegel, a Rabbi. In 1848, his family (himself, three sisters, and his parents) immigrated to the United States via France in September 1848, fleeing growing anti-Jewish sentiment, revolutionary turmoil, and the fear that the government would punish them for the revolutionary activities of their firstborn son Marcus Spiegel who had participated in an unsuccessful uprising against government troops in the state of Baden.

Once in his teens, Joseph Spiegel worked as an apprentice in several retail stores in New York until 1862 and in 1863, enlisted in the 120th Ohio Volunteers where he served in General Ulysses S. Grant's army in Louisiana where he witnessed his brother's death in battle and was later captured and sent to the prisoner of war camp at Fort Camp, Texas. He remained until May 1865.

After spending the final few months of the Civil War in a Confederate prison camp, Joseph Spiegel settled in Chicago, where his brother-in-law, Henry Liebenstein, ran a successful furniture business. With Liebenstein's assistance, Joseph Spiegel opened J. Spiegel and Company, a small home furnishings retail operation located on Wabash Avenue in Chicago's loop.

The business was quite successful in its early years. In 1871, however, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed most of the area's business district, including the Spiegel store. After the fire, Joseph Spiegel and a partner named Jacob Cahn rebuilt the business, and by 1874 the company was prospering again under the leadership of the two men.

Spiegel issued its first catalogs in 1888. The catalogs were made available to potential customers who lived outside the city. Because a mail order system did not yet exist, the catalogs served instead to lure people into the downtown store. By 1892, however, business had taken a turn for the worse, as many customers were slow to pay for their purchases. With debts mounting, the company went bankrupt. At Spiegel's urging, the company reinvented itself as Spiegel House Furnishings Company of Chicago in 1893. The principal difference was that the new company, like many others in the furniture business, sold on credit. The decision to offer installment plans, and the timing of the decision, made possible Spiegel's remarkable expansion over the next several decades.

The new Spiegel was an instant hit, and the first branch store was opened on Chicago's South Side in 1898. Another South Side branch went into operation three years later. The company's slogan--"We Trust the People!"-reflected its emphasis on credit merchandising. In 1903 Joseph Spiegel's third son, Arthur, entered the business with a plan to develop mail order operations for Spiegel. After a couple years of lobbying, Arthur convinced the company hierarchy to open a mail order department, and in 1905 Spiegel became the first company to offer credit through the mail. The new service was reflected by the addition of a word to the company motto, which began to read: "We Trust the People--Everywhere!" The response was phenomenal, and soon a huge, previously untapped base of customers was ordering from Spiegel's mail order catalog. Spiegel was the only company at that time that did not charge for credit. They continued this "no charge for credit" policy for another 50 years.

The Air Castel radios were manufactured and sold during this period although only a small sideline to their main business model. As a result not many were made.

The Spiegel catalog business is still in business and doing well although mainly focusing on clothing.
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