Drawing, Design for a Radio, 20th century
This is a Drawing. It was designed by Alfons Bach and made for (as the client) Philco (Philadelphia Storage Battery Company). It is dated 20th century and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is brush and watercolor, chalk on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Bach’s presentation drawing of a radio design for Philco attracts the eye to the shining white details of the dial, speaker grill, and knobs, suggesting chrome accents. Using assembly-line manufacturing techniques, Philco made a modified version of this design in plastic; the company’s reputation for durability as well as this portable radio’s modern style attracted consumers.
This object was
It is credited
Gift of Alfons Bach.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 30.6 × 46 cm (12 1/16 × 18 1/8 in.) Mat: 40.6 × 55.9 cm (16 × 22 in.)
It is inscribed
Inscribed, upper left of radio: PHILCO
Cite this object as
Drawing, Design for a Radio, 20th century; Designed by Alfons Bach (German, 1904–1999); USA; brush and watercolor, chalk on paper; H x W: 30.6 × 46 cm (12 1/16 × 18 1/8 in.) Mat: 40.6 × 55.9 cm (16 × 22 in.); Gift of Alfons Bach; 1993-108-387
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The World of Radio.