Air King 'Skyscraper' Radio Model 66 in Black - Harold Van Doren
Striking American Art Deco Air King Radio Design
Black Air King 'Skyscraper' Model 66 radio with the 'Globe' insert, a true American Art Deco icon. John Sideli in his book "Classic Plastic Radios of the 30's and 40's called it "one of the most important plastic radios ever made". This jet black bakelite Air King Model 66 was designed by Harold Van Doren + John Gordon Rideout for the Air King Products Company of New York in 1933. This early model constructed of Bakelite(an early plastic), has the Globe insert on its waterfall facade. The fragile nature of the Air King radios has made them extremely rare + desirable.
Radio is all-original + in fabulous condition with only small scratches consistent with age and use; cabinet has one tight almost invisible hairline on the top from under the bar going to the back edge. Globes and convex glass covering them are original + perfect. Black dial face with Atlas holding the world on his shoulders is is bright and perfect. The three Black bakelite knobs with inset ivory plaskon + the two top bars are original to the radio and perfect. Radio retains the original grill cloth and cardboard bottom panel. Speaker is not attached, as it is safer to display the Air King without the heavy speaker hanging from top of cabinet.
The radio measures approximately: 11.75" High by 8.75" Wide by 6.75" Deep. This set is sold "as-is + untested", the chassis seems complete. Set is being sold as a "non-working" vintage electronic device that should be gone over by a qualified technician.