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1940

  • Work on this object began.

1960

  • Work on this object ended.

1992

  • We acquired this object.

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Drawing, Design for Tube Radio with Center Dial, ca. 1950

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Anders-Orr & Associates,Inc and from the office of Anders-Orr & Associates,Inc and made for (as the client) Crosley Radio Corporation. It is dated ca. 1950 and we acquired it in 1992. Its medium is pastel, some stencilled, brush and white gouache, on tracing paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

The streamlined body and chrome dials of this radio show how industrial designers borrowed aspects of transportation vehicles to design futuristic-looking household products. Many presentation drawings are difficult to match to actual production units, as designs often changed in response to client wishes and production costs. This drawing very closely matches Crosley’s radio model 10-135, possibly suggesting that the designer made it for his portfolio after the radio’s production to make it appear as though he had greater influence on final production when meeting with future clients.

This object was purchased from Norman Brosterman and catalogued by Julia Pastor, Elizabeth Horwitz Marcus and Dr. Gail Davidson. It is credited Museum purchase through the gift of Mrs. Edward C. Post.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 39.1 × 60.4 cm (15 3/8 × 23 3/4 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in black ink at lower center: A

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for Tube Radio with Center Dial, ca. 1950; Designed by Anders-Orr & Associates,Inc ; USA; pastel, some stencilled, brush and white gouache, on tracing paper; H x W: 39.1 × 60.4 cm (15 3/8 × 23 3/4 in.); Museum purchase through the gift of Mrs. Edward C. Post; 1992-183-3

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