Lustraphone Dynamic Microphone Model C-51 (circa 1956) An interesting piece of aviation history!
Shortly after making this impulse buy on ebay I received an interesting email from the previous owner…….
‘So glad you’re pleased with the mic, it sounds as though it’s found a good home. Anyway, as to its history, if you look on the back somewhere you’ll see a number: 10CA something or other. The CA stands for ‘Civil Aviation’ and it goes back to the heady days of the Ministry of Aviation, which went on to become the Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation/Board of Trade Civil Aviation Dept/Dept of Trade & Industry Civil Aviation Dept/Civil AviationAuthority/National Air Traffic Services and now, today, finally known simply as NATS (headquarters now in Swanwick near Southampton).
This particular item harks back to about 1956 and was one of the desk mics used by the Communication Officers to broadcast air traffic information worldwide from the the huge HF transmitters at Birdlip in Gloucestershire. The aerial arrays were enormous and stretched across acres of land from Birdlip to Winstone. The place closed down in about 1978 and now the whole vast area has gone back to growing oil seed rape and linseed. Nobody would ever know. So it really has had interesting past, look after it.’
By complete coincidence I live about 2miles from the old transmitter site!
Nice badge, but unfortunately the sound quality is similar to the paintwork! Still its a nice piece of local history.
This Lustraphone Catalogue dates from around 1952/3.
Have just received the following message from Colin McKeeman
Interested in the comments re Birdlip/Winstone and I have just published the history of this station from 1940, if anyone is interested – see website below.