Sparton Radio Model 558-B, 1937

Summary

This 1937 Sparton radio was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague, a designer renowned for his use of streamlined forms. A study in contrasts -- the blue mirrored finish and curved sled-like base suggest speed while the five jutting parallel panels appear almost architectural -- this expensive and glamorous radio had a limited market during the Great Depression.

This 1937 Sparton radio was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague, a designer renowned for his use of streamlined forms. A study in contrasts -- the blue mirrored finish and curved sled-like base suggest speed while the five jutting parallel panels appear almost architectural -- this expensive and glamorous radio had a limited market during the Great Depression.

Artifact

Radio receiver

Date Made

1937

Creators

Sparks-Withington Company 

Teague, Walter Dorwin, 1883-1960 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Jackson 

Creator Notes

Designed by Walter Dorwin Teague and manufactured by Sparks-Withington Company in Jackson, Michigan.

Your Place In Time
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Your Place in Time

Object ID

80.29.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mrs. Gerald V. Richards.

Material

Glass (Material)
Metal

Dimensions

Height: 8.875 in

Width: 8.313 in

Length: 18.125 in

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