Zenith "My Radio" Pendant Transistor Radio, circa 1970

Summary

The size of radios shrank following the advent of transistor technology. Even the smallest vacuum tubes were bulky, and their power consumption ensured the need for large batteries. Transistor radios made of lightweight plastics were cheap and truly portable. With the addition of an earphone a radio such as this allowed the listener to enjoy a completely personal listening experience.

The size of radios shrank following the advent of transistor technology. Even the smallest vacuum tubes were bulky, and their power consumption ensured the need for large batteries. Transistor radios made of lightweight plastics were cheap and truly portable. With the addition of an earphone a radio such as this allowed the listener to enjoy a completely personal listening experience.

Artifact

Transistor radio

Date Made

circa 1970

Creators

Zenith Radio Corporation 

Mel Boldt and Associates 

Place of Creation

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

Creator Notes

Designed by Mel Boldt and Associates and made by Zenith Radio Corporation.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

90.438.140

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mel Boldt and Associates.

Material

Plastic
Metal
Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Ivory (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 0.75 in  (radio )

Width: 2 in  (radio )

Length: 1.5 in  (radio)

Width: 3 in  (packaging)

Length: 5.25 in  (packaging)

Inscriptions

On radio: ZENITH/ZENITH/HONG KONG On product package: my radio/by ZENITH / The Gift of Quality ZENITH / Model RD - 14/1200471/Serial No.

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