Pilot Radio model X201, c. 1936

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    A "tombstone" Bakelite radio made in USA by the Pilot Radio Corporation, circa 1936. The design is attributed to Jan Streng, halfway between Streamlining and Art Deco.

    Beate Knappe, Jared Axelrod, and 28 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Beate Knappe 92 months ago | reply

      wonderful - i love it

    2. Glen Mullaly 92 months ago | reply

      I'm not usually a big fan of the tombstone style, but this is beautiful!

    3. jschneid 92 months ago | reply

      A very nice radio, and a very clean rendering.

    4. Mr. Rubber Ducky 92 months ago | reply

      There's just something about bakelite that plastic doesn't have.

    5. galessa's plastics 92 months ago | reply

      dear Mr Rubber Ducky: it is such an honor to have you visiting my pool!
      hope you had the time and will to browse around a bit.
      you bet bakelite is the most noble of all plastics. few plastics look and feel so substantial as it does.

    6. dave2889 92 months ago | reply

      Easily one of the nicest looking radios I've ever seen.

    7. Roadsidepictures 92 months ago | reply

      A true work of art!

    8. Mr. Rubber Ducky 92 months ago | reply

      Isn't it, though. The wood ones from this time period and before were also classics, but the bakelite really enhances the superb design of this one. I wonder if there were other colors besides faux wood. Black would have been very striking indeed.

    9. galessa's plastics 92 months ago | reply

      I have two more of this same design, Mr. Rubber Ducky. one is the same brown bakelite sprayed with a very odd dirty pea green and the other is molded with Plaskon (another great plastic) in a fantastic ivory tone. to be posted ahead.

    10. Mikelauz 85 months ago | reply

      Ciao, sono amministratore di un gruppo chiamato Vintage Radio. Ci farebbe piacere aggiungere le tuo foto al gruppo.

    11. TRANSISTOR RADIOS 84 months ago | reply

      What a great looking radio. Very similar to the Emerson bakelite tombstones. I'd say this is more uncommon! Very nice indeed.

    12. galessa's plastics 84 months ago | reply

      Thanks, TR. I have been away from Flickr and will be in a slow comeback process for a while.

    13. Ken, KE1RI 80 months ago | reply

      Thanks for pointing this one out to me. It's a great design and you photograph does it justice.
      Pilot got into the act early and made some really useful and decorative contributions to radio.

      Ken

    14. Flavina Maria 80 months ago | reply

      I am delighted with their pictures and their creativity.
      Fantastic!

    15. frank schacht / photojournal-worldwide-exklusiv 65 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called TECHNIK / technic worldwide, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. Moyston Paul 59 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Family Heirlooms & Old Things we Love, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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