So when I was not playing fireman (see post below), after the soot cleared from the air, I was able to work on a few of the cabinets. I had started with the big 8, 9, and 10 tube radios first. When I came to the 5-tube radios that Crosley called Fivers I would normally have set them aside, possibly offering them for sale as projects, but here was an almost complete collection. I saw it as a case of the total being greater than the sum of the parts, not to mention one of the fivers being a 25 Hz mains unit.
The later chassis (typically 517 model) is on the left and a 515 is on the far right. The 25 Hz unit is marked 555-5. YES(!) Crosly model designation can be confusing. On the web you can find examples of the model 555 and a console model 5555 but don't confuse either with this one (555-5).
Thalia is the Muse of comedy and Melpomene is the Muse of tragedy. They are often seen pictured together in the theater - one smiling face and one with a frown.
Still unclear? Well, remember when I brought you this? https://www.russoldradios.com/blog/heres-looking-at-you-hes-looking-at-you
Too many lacquer fumes, some say.
Had I not restored these as a group I probably would not have noticed -
Note the differences in that one uses a bezel and one doesn't. More to the point, the two router cuts on the right and left of the grill are different. The shorter ones seem to replicate a sad face while the longer ones make the cabinet look happy.
In trying to find original examples of these cabinets I noted that some seemed to have gold paint in the groves rather than black. So I did one each way.
Too many fumes? Maybe.