blue with black trim; [Model #517]

"Sparton" radio, 1936

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By the middle of the 1930s, radios had become fixtures in two-thirds of American households, bringing news of contemporary events, music and entertainment of all kinds to 85% of the population. This radio was the first of a series of blue-mirrored glass models introduced in the middle of the 1930s by the Sparks-Withington company under the brand name Sparton, a conflation of the company’s name suggestive of rockets, space exploration, and Martians.

Details
Title
"Sparton" radio
Artist Life
1883–1960
Role
Designer
Accession Number
98.276.31
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blue with black trim; [Model #517]