"Transitone" radio

Object Number: 
ca. 1941
Bakelite and other materials
Overall: 7 x 11 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (17.8 x 29.2 x 14.6 cm)
Philco "Transitone" radio receiver in dark brown Bakelite case; symmetrical face with knobs at lower left and right respectively for adjusting volume and station tuning; four small plastic feet on bottom; white rubberized electrical cord.
Gallery Label: 
The donor, Mary Ann Dzupin Gallagher (b. 1947) grew up with this Philco radio in her family's apartment on the Lower East Side. She remembers listening to the radio every morning, because her parents insisted that she and her sister be aware of current events. Mrs. Gallagher specifically recalls learning about the sinking of the Andrea Doria in 1956 and the launch of Sputnik in 1957 from broadcasts heard over this radio. The radio is visible in a photograph of her family taken in July 1957, when they were celebrating her uncle's safe return from a trip to visit family in Czechoslovakia.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mary Ann Dzupin Gallagher and Nancy Dzupin York in memory of Anna Varhol Dzupin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group