Pilot Radio model X201, c. 1936

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 PRO 8y

    wonderful - i love it
  • Glen Mullaly PRO 8y

    I'm not usually a big fan of the tombstone style, but this is beautiful!
  • John Schneider 8y

    A very nice radio, and a very clean rendering.
  • Mr. Rubber Ducky 8y

    There's just something about bakelite that plastic doesn't have.
  • gerson lessa 8y

    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.
  • dave2889 8y

    Easily one of the nicest looking radios I've ever seen.
  • Roadsidepictures 8y

    A true work of art!
  • Mr. Rubber Ducky 8y

    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.
  • gerson lessa 8y

    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.
  • Michele Bressan 7y

    Ciao, sono amministratore di un gruppo chiamato Vintage Radio. Ci farebbe piacere aggiungere le tuo foto al gruppo.
  • Michael Jack PRO 7y

    What a great looking radio. Very similar to the Emerson bakelite tombstones. I'd say this is more uncommon! Very nice indeed.
  • gerson lessa 7y

    Thanks, TR. I have been away from Flickr and will be in a slow comeback process for a while.
  • Mercedes DiRenzo-Bolduc 7y

    Way kool!
  • Ken Carr 7y

    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.

  • Flavina Braga 7y

    I am delighted with their pictures and their creativity.
  • frank schacht / photojournal-worldwide-exklusiv PRO 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called TECHNIK / technic worldwide, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Paul Moralee 5y

    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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Taken on May 2, 2005
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