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Object Timeline

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1943

  • Work on this object began.

1953

  • Work on this object ended.

1996

  • We acquired this object.

2014

2015

2017

Sunburst Radio, ca. 1948

This is a radio. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss and manufactured by Radio Corporation of America, RCA Victor Division. It is dated ca. 1948 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is molded plastic, cast gilt-metal, chrome. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Dreyfuss once observed that three million listeners tuned in to the NBC Symphony radio broadcast each week, concluding that, "The American people will listen to good music, if given the chance." The Sunburst’s straightforward, easy-to-use design presented that chance, expressing Dreyfuss’s life-long mission to elevate and democratize taste through well-designed, commercially accessible consumer goods.

This object was donated by Anonymous and Unknown. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

Our curators have highlighted 5 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Patriot Radio, 1940
  • cast phenolic resin (opalon), molded urea plastic, molded cellulose acetate,....
  • Gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 2014-10-1

Its dimensions are

20.00 x 32.00 x 20.50 cm (7 7/8 x 12 5/8 x 8 1/16 in. )

Cite this object as

Sunburst Radio, ca. 1948; Designed by Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904–1972); USA; molded plastic, cast gilt-metal, chrome; 20.00 x 32.00 x 20.50 cm (7 7/8 x 12 5/8 x 8 1/16 in. ); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1996-72-1

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