Artist:Isamu NoguchiZenith Radio Corp.Kurz-Kasch Inc.Chicago Molded Products Corporation
Medium: Bakelite plastic
Dates:Designed in 1937. ca. 1938
Dimensions: 8 x 6 1/2 x 6 in. (20.3 x 16.5 x 15.2 cm)
Museum Location: Decorative Art, 4th Floor
Accession Number: 88.67
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.