Zenith Royal 555 Sun Charger Transistor Radio, 1965

Summary

This radio was made portable thanks to the miniaturizing effect of transistors. The forward-thinking design of the Sun Charger radio also used rechargeable NiCad batteries, which drew their power from solar energy filtered through its "miracle sunray handle." Zenith was a key client of Mel Boldt & Associates, designers of this device.

This radio was made portable thanks to the miniaturizing effect of transistors. The forward-thinking design of the Sun Charger radio also used rechargeable NiCad batteries, which drew their power from solar energy filtered through its "miracle sunray handle." Zenith was a key client of Mel Boldt & Associates, designers of this device.

Artifact

Transistor radio

Date Made

1965

Creators

Mel Boldt and Associates 

Zenith Radio Corporation 

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

92.46.49

Credit

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

Material

Plastic
Metal
Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)
Styrofoam (TM)

Color

White (Color)
Silver (Color)
Black (Color)
Blue

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 in

Width: 7.25 in

Length: 3.5 in

Inscriptions

on front of radio: ZENITH SUN CHARGER ROYAL 555 / 54 60 70 80 90 120 160 / ALL TRANSISTOR on back of radio: RECHARGE OUTLET / EAR PHONE on bottom of radio: MODEL R555W / Z 527524 / SERIAL NO. on front and back of box: SUN / CHARGER / ROYAL 555 / ZENITH / ALL TRANSISTOR / RADIO on top of box: ROYAL 555 on bottom of box: MODEL / R555W / WHITE / ZENITH RADIO CORP., CHICAGO on ends of box: 555 / FRAGILE / HANDLE WITH CARE

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