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Machine Age Bakelite Detrola "Pee-Wee" 218 Radio

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  • Machine Age Bakelite Detrola ”Pee-Wee” 218 Radio
  • Machine Age Bakelite Detrola ”Pee-Wee” 218 Radio
  • Machine Age Bakelite Detrola ”Pee-Wee” 218 Radio
  • Machine Age Bakelite Detrola ”Pee-Wee” 218 Radio

Ivory Plaskon with Red Tenite Trim

Ref: RA158

This George W. Walker designed Machine Age Bakelite Detrola "Pee-Wee" 218 midget tube radio is one of the most popular designs that Detrola ever produced. Even though this midget radio 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 tiny case. This example is made of ivory Plaskon/Bakelite with red Tenite knobs and streamlined feet.

Walker also designed automobiles for the Ford Motor Co., and numerous other products for companies including Admiral Radios, and Willys Trucks. Some of his most recognizable designs that he is credited for are 1955 Thunderbird, and some of the 1949 Ford and the 1950 Lincoln designs.

This cabinet's design is a beautiful example of Machine Age styling. It has great rounded edges and molded plastic ridges that travel around the radio. Note that the cases of these sets are extremely fragile, and as a result few appear to have survived. These cases often cracked or became distorted due to the heat of the tubes in such a small plastic cabinet, this one has a perfect ivory plaskon cabinet and red trim.

The beautiful ivory colored Bakelite cabinet is in great original condition and retains a beautiful luster. The cabinet has no cracks, chips, burns, or repairs. Radio retains the original black pressed cardboard back in great condition along with the SW/BC band control knob.

This small radio measures approximately: 6.5" Wide x 4.5" High x 4.15" 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.

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