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 Post subject: Re: Radios heavy in art deco design.
PostPosted: Apr Sun 01, 2012 9:06 am 
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1950 Truetone, '49 Philco "Boomerangs".

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1935 Aircastle tombstone model 9902
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Cabinet was done by Kenny Richmond.

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fifties wrote:
1950 Truetone, '49 Philco "Boomerangs".

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I beg to differ. Both examples are of a post war modern style in an era when deco was dead. Art Deco tended to have a linear and angular repetition whereas these have a definite free flowing design full of french curves. At least that's my understanding of the subject.

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1935 Aircastle tombstone model 9902
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Cabinet was done by Kenny Richmond.


Wow! That is right up my alley for sure! I never knew about that one! Gorgeous set.


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 Post subject: Re: Radios heavy in art deco design.
PostPosted: Apr Sun 01, 2012 11:34 pm 
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View nice radios is a pleasure for the eyes ;-)
I like this thread :D

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 Post subject: Re: Radios heavy in art deco design.
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Bruce Webster wrote:
fifties wrote:
1950 Truetone, '49 Philco "Boomerangs".

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I beg to differ. Both examples are of a post war modern style in an era when deco was dead. Art Deco tended to have a linear and angular repetition whereas these have a definite free flowing design full of french curves. At least that's my understanding of the subject.

Bruce Webster

You're probably correct technically, but the term seems to be loosely used beyond it's core intent, hence my postwar offerings.

So-called "streamline" designs, like the Czech Tesla Talisman get called "deco" all the time;
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I particularly like the models that I think of as "machine age" , such as the Skyscraper models by Stromberg and Majestic. I also like the Oval dial sets like this one:

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Here's a pretty cool Crosley 179 (Dual Seventy); this one belongs to our collecting buddy Dale Davenport:

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I had one of these once that I foolishly traded away, but it wasn't as nice as Dale's.

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Here's my new Delco. It has great lines. I usually don't like Tombstones but I love the lines on this one.

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Hello,
These are the kinds of radios that are on my shopping list right now.
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 Post subject: Re: Radios heavy in art deco design.
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Beautiful radios! I now have a few more to add to my wish list.


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 Post subject: Re: Radios heavy in art deco design.
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I have a couple more that may be considered "Art Deco" but I suppose it's in the eye of the beholder.

This one is a circa 1937 Scott Laureate Grande, one of their most expensive and large cabinets,
and has their 30 tube pointer dial Philharmonic chassis in it.
This cabinet had been offered as early as 1935 so it spanned several years in the 1930's:

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This next one is a circa 1930 console sold by a high end piano company Bush & Lane out of Chicago.
It seems they were a one year radio company and I suspect the radio was actually made by Colin B Kennedy.
Most say the Art Deco era started with the 1933 Chicago World's fair but this one seems to fit the concept IMO:

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 Post subject: Re: Radios heavy in art deco design.
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Who says that?

The Chrysler and Socony-Vacuum buildings are not Art Deco? What of the Telechron "Modernique" or " Electroalarm"?

the "International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts", also known as "Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes", of 1924 gave the new style its name and spread it over the globe.

The 1933 fair in Chicagowas more along the lines of the final flowering of classic Deco in the 'states. By the late 'thirties, an new modernist asthetic held sway.

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 Post subject: Re: Radios heavy in art deco design.
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GREAT thread!


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 Post subject: Re: Radios heavy in art deco design.
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Bruce, those are some of the most amazing Art Deco cabinets I've seen!

I hadn't thought of Walter Dorwin Teague designed cabinets such as the blue mirrored Sparton's, but I suppose they are "Art Deco" as well.

I wonder if the Teague designed Triolian Deluxe is considered "Art Deco"? It seems to be more of a "Modernistic" or "Minimalist" design rather than Deco, but I'm no expert.

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 Post subject: Re: Radios heavy in art deco design.
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And we cant forget the Hallicrafters S-38 whose cabinet is the result of the Father Of Industrial Design, Raymond Loewy. The S-38 started as an AA-6 and susequent A, B, and C versions were AA-5's of better than usual performance. Prices are still reasonable as huge numbers were built and are among collectors favorites. I found mine, the one pictured below at an antique radio meet in NH for $35 and it had already been recapped. The speaker is mounted to the top of the cabinet.
http://www.raymondloewy.com/

Many seem to overlook the metal cabinet sets for one reason or another but they certainly had some truly nice deco models.

Also shown here is the somewhat scarce National NC-46, a 10 tube AC/DC set with outstanding audio from PP 25L6's along with matching cabinet. The chassis and cabinet are as found in Alberta Canada and after a recap it has been used almost daily.

A very scarce Hallicrafters model is the SX-23, another in my collection.

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Here's a rare one I recently sold, a 1934 Clarion 490 with chromed inserts

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And here is one I found at Radio fest 2 years ago, an American Bosch, also using chromed inserts:

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This one is a store brand, Hudson, but made by Wells Gardner:
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 Post subject: Re: Radios heavy in art deco design.
PostPosted: Apr Fri 06, 2012 7:56 pm 
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Bruce Webster wrote:
fifties wrote:
1950 Truetone, '49 Philco "Boomerangs".

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I beg to differ. Both examples are of a post war modern style in an era when deco was dead. Art Deco tended to have a linear and angular repetition whereas these have a definite free flowing design full of french curves. At least that's my understanding of the subject.

Bruce Webster


I tend to agree. By the 1950s art deco was dead. Most Art deco that I think of are stark contrast colors with chrome and black accents. Tall stepped designs. The future; when the world was not long out of the Victorian and arts and crafts era.


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Agree with the "tall lines & stepped sides" as a distinctive part of Deco design. Rounded shoulders and curved panels included. This is the radio of mine that comes to mind when I think of Art Deco.

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 Post subject: Re: Radios heavy in art deco design.
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Burnt Fingers wrote:
And we cant forget the Hallicrafters S-38 whose cabinet is the result of the Father Of Industrial Design, Raymond Loewy. The S-38 started as an AA-6 and susequent A, B, and C versions were AA-5's of better than usual performance. Prices are still reasonable as huge numbers were built and are among collectors favorites. I found mine, the one pictured below at an antique radio meet in NH for $35 and it had already been recapped. The speaker is mounted to the top of the cabinet.
http://www.raymondloewy.com/


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Thanks Carl. I learned something new about Loewy. I had no idea he had a hand in the S-38's design...my only working Hallicrafters in the collection at the moment.

It seems I'm amassing quite the Loewy shrine, what with owning an Avanti, Lionel models of the Pennsylvania Railroad GG-1 electric and S4 steam locomotives and now the Halli S-38.

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