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Delta throwback: Remember these?

Entertainment cabinets were much-desired furniture items in homes
delta throwback radio cabinet 1969
Jim Ball built his own entertainment cabinet in 1969.

If you’re of a certain vintage, you probably had one or knew someone who owned of these in their home.

This 1969 Optimist article shows Tsawwassen Building Supplies manager Jim Ball’s recently completed project, a record player-radio cabinet.

Saying “the average guy can do it,” the Beach Grove resident built his entertainment cabinet in his spare time. It took him about 60 hours.

The total cost of the components, not including the radio and record player, was about $100.

Ball said a similar unit would sell for $1,200 retail.

His unit didn’t include a built-in TV set, though.