This Imperial is actually a renamed Case model 601 which was
manufactured by the Case Electric Corporation of Marion
Indiana. The Case 601 had three bands and used a mixture of
large pin and octal glass tubes. The later version of the 601,
the 610, had four bands and used all octal metal tubes. This
radio was also sold under the brand names of Silvertone (Sears) and
Radio Vogue. The most interesting feature of this radio is the
"Jumbo" dial. It is a large multi colored, side lit glass dial that
seems to be oversized for such a medium sized cabinet.
Case Electric Corp. was originally known as the Indiana
Manufacturing & Electric Corp., known for the "Indiana
Hyperdyne" and "Case" brand of radios manufactured from 1923 to
1928. It was in 1928 that the Indiana Manufacturing &
Electric Mfg. Corp. changed their name to Case. From 1929 to 1934
Case did not make any radios, almost as if the company went
dormant. Then in 1935 production started up for the Case line
of radios for the 1936 season. Unfortunately Case failed to
submit yearly corporation reports, which is required, to the state
of Indiana during the years of 1929 to 1934. Soon after Case
went back into production, the state of Indiana held hearings on the
future status of the company and on April 2, 1936 the state of
Indiana officially dissolved the company.
bought this radio from a prominent antique radio collector/dealer,
from Minnesota, in 1990.