Modern 60s White Panasonic Cube Radio

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Vintage in a historical sense, this plastic transistor radio referred to as the Panasonic “cube”, model R-47A exhibits pure modern design and pays homage to Eero Saarinen by eliminating a “slum of legs” with a singular tulip pedestal. Manufactured in the 60s by Matsushita Electric Industrial Company, the cube measures approximately 4″ x 4″, 5.5″ tall; elevated on the iconic tulip base.

The plastic is a sophisticated matte finish, off white. The dial face is silver behind a clear eye. The graphics are mod, if not groovy, frequency numerals are in purple with a clear dial needle punctuated by an orange bubble design that can be seen through the edge of the clear plastic. The AM only frequency,volume, and on/off are controlled by two ridged silver dials on one side. The speaker is on the opposite side comprised minimally of perforations in the molded plastic. There is a jack for an earphone on the back.

Minimal in design, it has a few minimal nicks or scuffs among its simple angles, curves, and surfaces. These minor imperfections do not effect the significance of this iconic mid-century piece. Tested for full range of volume and frequency tuning, the radio requires a single 9 Volt battery (not included.)

As a design product, this Panasonic “cube” radio is a rare find in working condition exhibiting not only innovation and invention but featuring elements of other design disciplines of the 60s. This radio would be a treasured beginning or addition for someone interested in MCM design, a radio collector, a graphic artist, an industrial designer, a 60s music or record collector, …

Measurements: 5.5″ tall, 4″ wide, 4″ deep

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Modernist Still Life Handmade Puzzle “Painting”

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This is a wonderful modernist floral still life that is also a 26 piece puzzle. Quarter inch furniture grade plywood was used for the puzzle. The pieces appear to have first been cut then a light stain was applied to the tops and sides of specific puzzle pieces. It was made and signed by the artist “Kari.” We found it at an estate sale in the midwest assembled and placed in an acrylic “frame” with backing sold with frame which may be hung like a painting.

Measurements: approximately 8″ x 10″ x 1.25″

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Child’s Mid-Century Bouncin’ – Rockin’ Shoofly “Teeter Totter”

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We discovered this mid-century modern “shoofly teeter totter” wood baby rocker at an outdoor antiques show in Kentucky on one of our scouting trips in the mid 80s. There were no children in our household, but we could not resist the design or the beauty of the honey toned natural oak toy made by the Delphos Bending Company, Delphos, Ohio. The springs provide a gentle bouncin’, rockin’ action for a small child. It is in excellent vintage condition for both finish and function. It is as satisfying visually for parents with an eye for great design as it is fun for their children. As we pare down our collection or art and design focused objects, it was discovered that someone in my circle was willing to share a photo of herself in a “shoofly teeter totter.” Her parents were clearly focused on their beautiful little girl rather than the vehicle for her delight. So endearing, we had to share the image, thank you, autena.

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Vintage Chartreuse Green Mid Century Modern Tea Pot

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Modern green teapot
The sleek lines on this exceptionally unique mid century modern teapot are stunning. The teapot is in excellent vintage condition with no glaze imperfections, chips, or cracks. We have searched for a designer or manufacturer for this design but have yet to find even a similar example anywhere. The yellow green color is also outstanding! A great display piece or functional for every day!

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