Silvertone 4505 "Election" Art Deco Radio in Bright Red Plaskon Bakelite
Silvertone "Election" Bakelite/Plaskon Radio designed by John R. Morgan
This Bright Red Silvertone 4505 "Election" radio is a beautiful example of 1930's Streamlined Machine Age design in plastic. The design includes great rounded edges and molded plastic ridges that travel up and around the radio. The single piece cabinet that can be viewed from all sides is the work of noted industrial designer John R. Morgan. This truly is a rare and striking design for an Art Deco Radio. This model first appeared in the 1936 Sears catalog and won first prize as an object of "outstanding beauty" in the nationwide Modern Plastics Competition in New York City
Note that the cases of this model 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 and the weight of the chassis, which slides in from the bottom. The beautiful red colored Plaskon/Bakelite cabinet is in great original condition and retains a beautiful luster. The cabinet has no chips, burns, or repairs. It does have a few tight hairlines common to Plaskon radios of the time that can be seen in the photos. These in no way detract from this rare radio- more detailed images can be sent upon request.
Radio retains the original matching red plastic knobs with only slight discoloration on the tuning knob, manufacturers paper label and gold textured fabric grill cloth on front and mesh on rear.
This radio measures approximately: 9.25" Wide by 7" High by 6" 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.