Crosley Portable Radio, Model E15-TN, 1953

Summary

This Crosley "Coloradio" tabletop radio was part of a product line named to highlight the wide range of colors its Bakelite case came in. This radio is notable for the influence of contemporary automobile styling upon its design. Many of Crosley's 1950s radios featured flashy chrome trim, fashionable colors, and circular dials reminiscent of automobile grills and instrument panels.

This Crosley "Coloradio" tabletop radio was part of a product line named to highlight the wide range of colors its Bakelite case came in. This radio is notable for the influence of contemporary automobile styling upon its design. Many of Crosley's 1950s radios featured flashy chrome trim, fashionable colors, and circular dials reminiscent of automobile grills and instrument panels.

Artifact

Portable radio

Date Made

1953

Creators

Crosley Radio Corporation 

Avco Corporation 

Place of Creation

United States, Ohio, Cincinnati 

Creator Notes

Crosley Radio Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio, was a division of Avco Corporation.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

86.43.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cork (Bark)
Glass (Material)
Masonite (TM)
Metal
Paper (Fiber product)
Rubber (Material)

Inscriptions

front: CROSLEY underside: Model E-15TN Power Rating 117 Volts DC/AC 50 - 60 Cycles 35 Watts This apparatus uses inventions of the United States patents licensed by Radio Corporation of America. Patent numbers supplied upon request. Crosley - division - Avco Manufacturing Corporation, Cincinnati 25, Ohio Tube layout: [diagram]

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