Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904–1988). <em>Radio Nurse</em>, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 88.67_view1_bw.jpg)

Radio Nurse

Artist:Isamu NoguchiZenith Radio Corp.Kurz-Kasch Inc.Chicago Molded Products Corporation

Medium: Bakelite plastic

Geograhical Locations:

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: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor

Accession Number: 88.67

Image: 88.67_view1_bw.jpg,

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.

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