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Radio Nurse Transmitter Radio Transmitter

This is a radio transmitter. It was designed by Isamu Noguchi and manufactured by Zenith Radio Corporation. It is dated 1937–38 and we acquired it in 1991. Its medium is bakelite (tm), metal, electronic components. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled A Modernist Mother's Helper.

This object was donated by Mel Byars. It is credited Gift of Mel Byars.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D (without cord): 19.8 x 17 x 16 cm (7 13/16 x 6 11/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On back, molded into plastic: Square "plaque" containing: [1] ZENITH (zigzag font logo) [2] RADIO / circle containing" SOS" and a baby's head / NURSE [3] DESIGN BY NOGUCHI [4] PATENT APPLIED FOR [5] 117 VOLTS-50/60 CYCLE-25 WATTS [6] ZENITH RADIO CORP., CHICAGO

Cite this object as

Radio Nurse Transmitter Radio Transmitter; Designed by Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904–1988); Manufactured by Zenith Radio Corporation; USA; bakelite (tm), metal, electronic components; H x W x D (without cord): 19.8 x 17 x 16 cm (7 13/16 x 6 11/16 x 6 5/16 in.); Gift of Mel Byars; 1991-59-61

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

The Conservation department has taken one photo of this object.

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