The Art Deco era brought new designs and materials to radio manufacturing, notably molded resins like bakelite, plaskon, catalin, and beetle (although some really cool deco radios were made of wood). These resins were dyed and colored, sometimes with swirls or marbled patterns.
Speaker grilles on Deco style radios were slotted, round, square, or tombstone shaped, but many were also designed with aesthetics in mind, and overlaid with patterns and designs. The big manufacturers of this era were Emerson, Philco, Zenith, Fada, and General Electric.
To collectors of Art Deco radios, aesthetics and condition are everything. Many resin cases faded or discolored over time, so truly beautiful, original Art Deco style radios are quite rare.
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Tune in to Steve Davis' collection of 1930s and 40s Art Deco style radios, featuring stunningly crisp high resoluti… [read review or visit site]
Jim's Antique Radio Museum
Jim Tripp's showcase of radios from the 1920s to late 1950s, organized by style and theme (wood, console, plastic, … [read review or visit site]
Art Deco 1910-1939
This Victoria and Albert Museum has a terrific collection of Art Deco objects. On the VAM's website, you can learn … [read review or visit site]
Randy Juster's survey of Art Deco imagery and reference on all things Deco. Includes pages on murals, houses, gov… [read review or visit site]
The Radio Attic's Archives
This photo gallery of over 7800 vintage radios, categorized by manufacturer and model number, is a group effort wit… [read review or visit site]
Alan Voorhees' reference resource for vintage radio collectors includes a photo gallery, article library, PDF archi… [read review or visit site]
This archived overview produced by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts offers thumbnail sketches of the design moveme… [read review or visit site]
This vast archive and community of radio collectors features over 120,000 radio model listings and 350,000 photos a… [read review or visit site]
Phil's Old Radios
This extensive collection of antique radios includes beautiful photos and detailed historical descriptions. The sit… [read review or visit site]
John Pelham's collection of wood and plastic radios from the 1930's and 40's. What sets this site apart is the deta… [read review or visit site]
Steve Erenberg's extremely wacky and well-done collection of vintage mad-scientist devices and contraptions. Writte… [read review or visit site]
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