Detrola 219 "Super Pee-Wee" Red Plaskon + Beetle Bakelite Art Deco Radio
George W. Walker Designed Streamline Tube Radio
This rare bright red Machine Age Bakelite Detrola "Super Pee-Wee" model 219 midget tube radio is one in a series of popular designs that Detrola produced. Even though the line of midget radios produced by Detrola was popular in its time and was offered in many color combinations, it has become hard to find in any combination due to its fragile cases. This example is made of bright red Plaskon Bakelite with beetle plastic grill and red tenite knobs.
George W. Walker designed this cabinet for Detrola in 1938. Walker also designed automobiles for the Ford Motor Co., and numerous other products for companies including Admiral Radios, and Willys Trucks.
This cabinet’s design is a beautiful example of Machine Age styling. It has great rounded edges and applied Bakelite "wrap around" grill that travels around the radio.
Radio is in great original condition and has a beautiful luster to the cabinet and trim. Cabinet has one very small hairline on the bottom rear screw hole that is common to Plaskon radios of the time. Beetle plastic wrap-around grill has two small hairlines that can only be seen when looking closely at the bottom edge of the grill.
This small radio measures approximately: 8" wide by 5" high by 5" 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.