Detrola 219 Radio "Super Pee-Wee" in Beetle Plastic + Red
Rare Streamline 1930's George W. Walker Designed Radio
This rare all beetle plastic with red 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 beautiful marbleized Beetle Plastic cabinet and grill highlighted with red tenite knobs. 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.
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.
Radio is in great original condition + has a beautiful luster to the cabinet and all original trim. This set is highlighted by its heavy green + orange marbleizing. Cabinet + trim are free of any cracks, chips or repairs. Dial knob has the usual slight warp. Cabinet has one hardly discernible 1/8" line on the bottom rear screw hole that is common to plaskon radios of the time. Radio retains the original black pressed cardboard back in good condition along with the original red SW/BC band control knob. This is a superb example of an all beetle with red trim Super Pee-Wee.
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.