Bakelite and other materials
Overall: 8 x 11 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (20.3 x 29.8 x 17.1 cm)
"Dynatomic" radio receiver in off white Bakelite case; symmetrical face with knobs at lower left and right respectively for adjusting volume and station tuning; radio tuning band plate raised above case. Four small plastic feet on bottom; brown rubberized electric cord exits from back.
This radio belonged to the donor's great aunt, Anna Purdes (1898-1983), who came to the U.S. from Czechoslovakia in the 1930s. After boarding for many years, Mrs. Purdes moved to her own apartment on the Lower East Side and found her radio a source of entertainment and an important aide for improving her English. Mrs. Gallagher remembers her great aunt listening to it every day, and recalled that the news Mrs. Purdes heard on the radio provided her and her friends with topics of conservation for their daily meetings in Tompkins Square Park.
Gift of Mary Ann Dzupin Gallagher and Nancy Dzupin York in memory of Anna Purdes
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