I only have a few more of these art deco period table top radios to sell. This Zenith Model 7S 529 recently sold on eBay for $335.
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Designed by the “Dean of Industrial Design” Walter Dorwin Teague, the Sparton Model 566 “Bluebird” radio has become a highly coveted item among both Art Deco and antique radio collectors. The glass mirror
item was one of a group of Sparton sets released in 1936, and is universally recognized as one of the true masterpieces of the 1930s Art Deco radio movement. This radio was one of my father’s most prized possessions, and is being relocated to a good home where it will be treasured and appreciated — it recently sold on eBay for $3,800.
This Mickey Mouse novelty transistor radio from the 1970’s is in pretty good shape. One fresh 9V battery and a minute later I was picking up some sweet AM waves. Since the item is worth more to me than I could likely get on eBay, I’ll be keeping this in the private collection for now.
Though the 1930’s were a dark time for many (The Great Depression, Nazis and the Holocaust, World War II), it was a decade full of advances in technology, as well as some very notable periods of the visual arts. The decade saw the advent of LP records, radar, Scotch Tape, color film, and the VW Beetle. Musicians Robert Johnson, Charlie Christian, and Django Reinhardt completely changed what it meant to be a guitar player. And The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs hit the movie screens, likely housed in Art Deco-themed buildings.
Many radios of the 30’s were housed in deco cases and cabinets, as this Philco 38-38 amply illustrates. It’s fully operational, has the original finish, and
is available sold on eBay for $126.50.