Monday, February 18, 2013

History Lesson: Video Killed The Radio Star

Bulova Radios, 1958

Most of us listen to the radio at some point during the day, so it's difficult to imagine when the first radio was introduced over 100 years ago, owning one was considered a novel luxury. Well, the novelty soon wore off, and by 1933 two-thirds of American homes had at least one radio, twice as many as those with a telephone. By the late 1950's,the transistor was all the rage and design became a huge selling point for consumers. What started out as a utilitarian box, the radio evolved over time to mimic many of the design cues found in the automobile industry, as well as the growing fascination with space travel. Some of the most sought after vintage radios were produced in Japan and the USA during this golden age of radio design. With a little luck, and a few extra bucks, you might be able to snag some of this yummy retro eye-candy for yourself!

Turquoise Motorola Clock Radio
 Good Bones Vintage Co.

Vintage RCA Transistor
 The Open Sesame



 Restored,iPod Ready Philco Radio
 Retro Roxy Rhonda


Zenith 500B Transistor, Flickr


Kobe Kyogo Transistor, Flickr

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

what delicious radio eye candy! thanks for the post!!

gazaboo said...

Radio designs are a real reflection of the times. Great retro look!!!
Fantastic post!

Niftic Vintage said...

A little interesting history and a whole LOT of eye candy! You ROCK Bryan!

BeeJayKay said...

I love the old radios - especially from the 1950s! They are so colorful!

HilltopTimes said...

I'll take the pink one! Love all the knobs and dials. Fab Post!

Toni Oswald said...

I so have radio nostalgia and love this blog post~ Those old radios make me just feel warm and fuzzy inside!

Miss Magpies Shoppe said...

I miss having a transistor radio :)

ace faced said...

love radios, these ones rock! Nicely done!

-heather (popbam)

Whimzy Thyme said...

Love these old radios. I hope one day I find a pretty bakelite one --- you can be sure I will be keeping it (lol). Thanks so much Bryan.

Kathi said...

so much fun! I remember my transistor radio well

Dave said...

What a magnificent menagerie of radios - I too recall how cool it was to have my own transistor radio - those were the days my friend - thanks Bryan!

Tracy Mcdaniel said...

Love old radio's!! I still remember listening to the radio instead of watching tv (my parents didn't purchase a tv till I was older). Great blog...sharing!

Anathalia said...

Great blog post! The radios are fantastic!

Wicked Darling said...

This is such a great post!!! Amazing radios!!!

adriana said...

Oh, these are so glamorous and fancy! I love the white and gold Zenith one and the pink one too! :)

Story Tellers Vintage said...

Loving the turquoise radio!
I just need to find a mint green transistor radio for my Suburban :)

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