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India Ivory Company did not make the sets themselves. Rather the one example I have found looks like a Baby Grand crystal set made by the Beaver Machine & Tool Co from New Jersey in a faux ivory case.1

Their core businees was Celluloid Buttons and Novelty manufacturing. Incorporated in 1920 with a $25,000 capital, their President and Secretary was Joseph Zitowitz with Morris Hollander Vice President and Isadore P Greengus Treasurer. 2 They were located at 238 Thurbers Avenue through 1925 3.

In 1922, The company increased its facilities at 163 Thurber Ave and nearly doubled the numberof girls it employed. 5

In 1922 India Ivory Company is listed as being one of the unsecured creditors of the Bartlett Manufacturing Company, dealers in clocks, owing them $1,770 of $2,366.61 which partially caused them to go into bankruptcy. 4

It seems like the end of the line for the company came in June of 1925 when the were appointed a receiver by the Rhode Island Superior Court. 6

In October of 1926 the company is sued by Isadore Greengus 7

Then on November 11th, 1926 India is sued by Nixon Nitration Works. 8

On october 29th, 1927 charges of "Attempt to Defraud" against India Ivory were dismissed. 9



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India Ivory Company
1922/1923
First Clock Radio?

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India Ivory Company
1922/1923
First Clock Radio?

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India Ivory Company
1922/1923
First Clock Radio?

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India Ivory Company
1922/1923
First Clock Radio?

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India Ivory Clock


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India Ivory Clock


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From the collection of Al Larson


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From the collection of Al Larson


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From the collection of Al Larson


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From the collection of Al Larson


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From the collection of Al Larson


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This version has a different crystal set from the usual
Baby Grand made by the Beaver Machine & Tool Co
from New Jersey
From the collection of Al Larson


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From the collection of Al Larson


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From the collection of Al Larson


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From the collection of Al Larson


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India Ivory Company Providence
Crystal Radio is a
Baby Grand made by the Beaver Machine & Tool Co from New Jersey
From the Jon Terrey Collection

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The Farmer's Old Radio Note Book


India Ivory Company, Providence, RI, 1923. Is this the first clock radio?
The Radio is actually a Baby Grand made by the Beaver Machine & Tool Co from New Jersey




The First Clock Radio?

With Permission of Marv Beeferman
The Jersey Broadcaster
NEWSLETTER OF THE NEW JERSEY ANTIQUE RADIO CLUB

C.1900, The India Ivory Co., Providence, RI,
a musical alarm clock



1 The Farmer's Old Radio Note Book

2 Providence Directory 1923

3 Providence Directory 1925

4 The Jewelers' Circular, Volume 83, Issue 2, January 11, 1922

5 The Jewelers' Circular, Volume 85, 1922

6 Providence Journal June 6, 1925

7 Providence Journal October 20, 1926

8 Providence Journal November 11, 1926

9 Providence Journal October 29, 1927