T 52 Clairtone Portable Radio, 1961
This is a Portable radio. It was designed by Dieter Rams and manufactured by Braun AG. It is dated 1961 and we acquired it in 1986. Its medium is molded plastic, metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
In the years before radios were standard fixtures in automobile dashboards, Clairtone marketed Braun’s T 52 to North American consumers who were getting behind the wheel in unprecedented numbers to traverse newly constructed highway systems. The versatile device served double duty as both tabletop and car radio: it could be propped up by its carrying handle when stationary or locked into an optional car mount on-the-go.
Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 5.8 x 22.8 x 14.5 cm (2 5/16 x 9 x 5 11/16 in.)
It has the following markings
Inside battery compartment: T52-Q13
Cite this object as
T 52 Clairtone Portable Radio, 1961; Designed by Dieter Rams (German, b. 1932); Germany; molded plastic, metal; H x W x D: 5.8 x 22.8 x 14.5 cm (2 5/16 x 9 x 5 11/16 in.); Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor; 1986-99-23
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The World of Radio.