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1950

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Drawing, Design for Rectangular Radio, ca. 1955

This is a Drawing. It was from the office of Anders-Orr & Associates,Inc and made for (as the client) Crosley Radio Corporation. It is dated ca. 1955 and we acquired it in 1992. Its medium is pastel, brush and gouache, pen and black ink, graphite on green paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

While large phonograph cabinets concealed family radios, portable radios were light and flashy, attracting younger consumers eager to listen to expanded radio programming outside of the home. This design embraces futuristic and colorful style and may represent an early version of Crosley’s 1954 F5 “Graduate” model, a low-cost radio available in a range of colors.

It is credited Museum purchase through the gift of Mrs. Edward C. Post.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 47.2 × 57 cm (18 9/16 × 22 7/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for Rectangular Radio, ca. 1955; Office of Anders-Orr & Associates,Inc ; USA; pastel, brush and gouache, pen and black ink, graphite on green paper; H x W: 47.2 × 57 cm (18 9/16 × 22 7/16 in.); Museum purchase through the gift of Mrs. Edward C. Post; 1992-183-2

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