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    Radio Nurse

    • Designer: Isamu Noguchi, American, 1904-1988
    • Manufacturer: Kurz-Kasch Inc.
    • Medium: Bakelite plastic
    • Place Manufactured: Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • Dates: Designed in 1937. ca. 1938
    • Dimensions: 8 x 6 1/2 x 6 in. (20.3 x 16.5 x 15.2 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: Molded stamp on back: "ZENITH / RADIO / (figure in bed) / NURSE / DESIGNED BY NOGUCHI / Patent APPLIED FOR / 117 VOLTS 50/60 CYCLE 25 WATTS / ZENITH RADIO CORP. , CHICAGO"
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    • Accession Number: 88.67
    • Credit Line: Designated Purchase Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904-1988). Radio Nurse, Designed in 1937. ca. 1938. Bakelite plastic, 8 x 6 1/2 x 6 in. (20.3 x 16.5 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 88.67. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 88.67_view2_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: "Radio Nurse," molded plastic Bakelite. A short wave radio, cast in two halves, front and back, creating a spherical object resembling a masked human head. Front has molded horizontal slats (microphone receiver) covered internally with brown fabric; top has a decorative element consisting of a segment-shaped projecting strip aligning with, and eventually merging with, the radio back. Lower extremities of back form two legs, which are reinforced with cylindrical brown Bakelite cross-stretcher, secured by metal screws. Back has eight molded, vertical air vents. Bottom has rectangular opening, which accommodates a brown rubber electrical cord flanked by a vertical vent on either side, and followed below by a rotating circular volume control knob. CONDITION: Radio: excellent, little rusting and oxidation around screw heads; rubber electrical cord is dried and cracked overall.
    • Record Completeness: Good (78%)
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