Zenith "Zenette" Transistor Radio, 1960-1963

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

1960-1963

Creators

Zenith Radio Corporation 

Mel Boldt & Associates 

Place of Creation

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by Zenith Radio Corporation; designed by Mel Boldt & Associates, Chicago, Illinois.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

92.46.2

Credit

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

Material

Plastic (Organic material)
Metal
Chromium

Color

Ivory (Color)
Silver (Color)
Gold (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 1.5 in

Width: 3 in

Length: 5 in

Inscriptions

On face, upper chrome: ZENITH On face, lower chrome: ALL TRANSISTOR ZENETTE

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