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Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958)
Prototype radio case for the Emerson "Patriot" radio

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Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958)
Design sketch for the "Patriot" radio
Ca. 1940
Crayon on paper

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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Job 414, Emerson Radio, 1940-1941

Summary: Bel Geddes’s most iconic radio design was produced for Emerson Radio in one week and exploited the versatility of different types of plastics in combination with one another. The radio, as manufactured, had a cabinet of cast phenolic. The handle and knobs were molded of urea material, and the grill bars and pointer disc were molded of cellulose acetate. The transparent dial was made of an embossed acetate sheet.

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Box/Location Folder Description
box 26 414.1 Memo, caption, case history 1940-1941. 27 Sketches.
box 26 414.2 Negative envelopes with notes.
flat box 11l 414.1 Davega City Radio advertisement for the Emerson "Patriot" radio in Sunday News, 20 Oct. 1940.
photo box 13 414.1 4 Photographs.
negative box 11 414.1 3 Negatives.
object 414.1 Prototype radio case for "Patriot" radio (8 x 10 3/4 x 6 inches).