This photo is of my fathers station VE3APC circa 1939. The receiver on the left was a home brew 17 tube superhet and sits in the same place as my first station does.
As I recall the transmitter was operational only on 160 metres and used a pair of Taylor T55s in the final.
His antenna was supported with the famous "A" frame structure made from 2x4 that was featured for many-many years in the ARRL handbook.
What happened to this fine Home Brew set-up? Sorry to say as a young teenager, anxious to see what makes things tick, it was my first disassembly project. :-(
73 de Paul, VE3SY