I’m no radio buff, but I do appreciate design and I have a nostalgic streak—no surprise there! Be forewarned you are going to see lots of examples of Art Deco; modern design for a thoroughly modern product, right? Never mind I adore Art Deco.
So let’s check out some fun audio devices that look as good as they sound! Well, I’ll let you draw your own conclusions…
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The Emerson BD-197. It became known as the Mae West for some reason. Memorable isn’t it?
This model is so sweet and demure after the Emerson Mae West radio above! I love the celadon green and white…I actually want to hug this one.
The Majestic Park Avenue is a floor model the size of a small refrigerator, but I WANT ONE!
Behold the Sparton Nocturne designed by Walter Dorwin Teague one of my favorite designers from the 1930’s. Made of blue mirror and chrome, this is actually a floor model!!! A model in poor condition was auctioned by the Michigan Antique Radio Club in July 2012 for $34,000! The moral of the story? Not everything that looks like junk is garbage! See the backstory and auction on YouTube. A photo of the piece as found is at :31, and bidding starts at 5:10. Sparton Nocturne Auction
I just think this is beautiful.
RCA Model 6K10, a fantastic chrome and black floor model designed by John Vassos.
I dig the triple Venn diagram motif on this stunner.
This Admiral radio is perfect for your Christmas holiday décor!
The Ecko AD-65, and English model…I’m sure Buck Rogers had one of these!
It’s a Philco Twin Speaker model! Can you say mid-century modern?
The transistor radio…Walkman’s grandfather!
Now I’m really walking down memory lane! The 8-Track player becomes a radio component; the Aquatron by Weltron is super-spacey! The blue number is solely an 8-Track, the Realistic Stereo Portiplay 8…I had to include it because I got this same exact one for my tenth birthday! Best present ever!
The jambox. This takes me back to my ol’ pom squad days! Practice in the hallway requires a portable cassette player, but we didn’t have a fancy model like this…with a TV in it!
I leave you with my Blaupunkt! It was my grandfathers, and I think of him whenever I look at it. I remember those buttons being really hard to resist as a kid!
What is your favorite radio? Are you tied to the transistor or the jam box? Share your radio memories in the comments!