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Object Timeline

1940

  • Work on this object began.

1949

  • Work on this object ended.

1998

  • We acquired this object.

2015

2017

Drawing, Design for a Radio, 1940s

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Alfons Bach and made for (as the client) Philco (Philadelphia Storage Battery Company). It is dated 1940s and we acquired it in 1998. Its medium is brush and dark brown ink, brown and white gouache, graphite, black crayon on tan paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Streamlined designs were often realized in metallic chromes and shiny plastics, but this design renders a futuristically styled radio cabinet in steam-bent wood. Bach’s designs for home products and furnishings often repurposed elements to suit other products: the grill-like form concealing the radio’s speakers also appears in Bach’s designs for cylindrical containers and a scale.

This object was donated by Alfons Bach and Anita S. Bach and catalogued by Julia Pastor. It is credited Gift of Alfons and Anita S. Bach.

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

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  • Gift of John Bruce.
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  • Drawing (USA)
  • brush and gouache, pen and white ink, graphite on illustration board.
  • Gift of John Bruce.
  • 1993-65-10

Its dimensions are

H x W: 26 × 38.5 cm (10 1/4 × 15 3/16 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in pen and black ink, lower left: # 37013 - 22; lower right: DESIGNED BY ALFONS BACH

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for a Radio, 1940s; Designed by Alfons Bach (German, 1904–1999); USA; brush and dark brown ink, brown and white gouache, graphite, black crayon on tan paper; H x W: 26 × 38.5 cm (10 1/4 × 15 3/16 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.); Gift of Alfons and Anita S. Bach; 1998-71-3

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

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