Cabinet in polished oak veneer.In the left side is the on /off/volume knob;on the right the tuning knob, that is used for medium wave (175-600 meters) when extended and long wave (650-2000 meters) when pressed in.An antenna, an earth, a gramophone and an
additional loudspeaker can be connected at the back.There is also a switch on the right hand side
that can be used to reduce needle noise.
This switch also works as a high/low switch in
the radio section.Equipped with the Philips 2055
The economic situation in the
Netherlands in the 1930s was not very rosy, and the factory was
confronted with strikes and wage cuts.On October 12, 1931, a strike broke out among
150 factory girls working at N.S.F. at the
assembly line.As a result of a wage
measure, their wages were reduced by 10%, while the the amount
of work increased.After commitments
from the company and allowing a greater role for the union
movement within the company, the strike ended after a short
1932, staff again had to agree to a cut in wages.
The chassis of the radio is the same
as that of the Philips 720A/730A.It was therefore the
first NSF radio that was made on the basis of an existing
Philips chassis. Date stamp
on one of the condenser blocks: December 16, 1931.
The original price was f
Philips 730A cost the same.Around
900 radios were made.
In Belgium, the receiver was sold under
the brand name Aristona.
The first owner bought
the radio at Jan Langkamp, Emmastraat 318-320 in
Enschede, in February 1932. An advertisement of this
shop for the NSF Hilversum 5 in Twentsch Dagblad
Tubantia of December 4, 1931, is shown below.
Listen to "Spreek
me niet over de malaise" (Don't talk to me about
the malaise"), sung by Willy
Derby, recorded in 1931
Back with rear panel removed
Top view of the chassis
The underside of the chassis
Sticker on the inside of the
case with the text: "Receiver Type Hilversum 5 Control No
1653. Owned by H.G. Wassing Groene.str.329 Nijmegen. Bought in
1932 in February from Langkamp in Enschede. The Netherlands".
Advertisement in Nieuwsblad van het Noorden,
October 22, 1931
Advertisement in Twentsch Dagblad Tubantia, December