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What is this?

Brown Bakelite globe on six-sided brown Bakelite base. Continents, map grid, and continent and ocean names picked out in gold; gold-tone volume and tuning dials mounted on equator-like metal band encircling globe; small retangular station number read-out in center; gold-tone terminals at north and south pole positions. Two sides of base with vertical slits and fabric for speakers. Fabric-covered cord.

Why is this in our collection?

Raymond Loewy was one of the most prominent industrial designers in the United States. A French émigré, Loewy began practicing in the new field of industrial design in New York City in the 1920s, where he was recognized as “both artist and engineer.”[1] As a young child in Paris, Loewy observed how technological developments such as the automobile, the airplane, the phonograph, and the telephone, transformed everyday life. These transformations had a profound effect on the designer. Later, when Raymond witnessed the birth of radio, he would combine both his personal experience and views of the modern world into his designs, such as this New World radio designed for the Colonial Radio Company in the... more

This is a radio from United States. It is dated 1933 and we acquired it in 2011. Gift of George R. Kravis II.

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Its medium is

catalin (bakelite), metal, fabric

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 38.4 x 27.3 x 26 cm (15 1/8 x 10 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

This object was manufactured by Colonial Radio Corporation and designed by Raymond Loewy

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