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Model D25WE Radio, 1952

This is a Radio. It is dated 1952 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is molded plastic, metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

These Crosley radios are evidence of automobile styling’s influence on industrial design in postwar America. As manufacturers transitioned from war-related goods to consumer products in the years after World War II, the automotive industry came to dominate the domestic landscape, employing one in six working Americans and quadrupling its output between 1946 and 1955. The visual landscape, too, was impacted: vehicular imagery and automotive motifs, whose streamlined aesthetic became popular in the 1930s, were integrated into products ranging from furniture to household appliances. Here tuners and dials take inspiration from gleaming hubcaps, speakers stand in for automobile grilles, and the overall program recalls car headlights gently swelling out of their sleek and dynamic casing.

This object was donated by Max Pine. It is credited Gift of Barbara and Max Pine.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 19.2 x 33.8 x 19 cm (7 9/16 x 13 5/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

On front of housing, between speakers: Sheild-shaped red logo with a "C", two crosses and a horse; bottom front: "C R O S L E Y"

Cite this object as

Model D25WE Radio, 1952; USA; molded plastic, metal; H x W x D: 19.2 x 33.8 x 19 cm (7 9/16 x 13 5/16 x 7 1/2 in.); Gift of Barbara and Max Pine; 1993-133-33

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The World of Radio.

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