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

Community Radio Sex and Broadcasting: A Handbook

Sex and Broadcasting: A Handbook on Starting a Radio Station for the Community is exactly what it says; minus the sex.The author Lorenzo Milam provided a model for the creation of a station at the left end of the dial. It provides advice regarding the technology and the bureaucratic regulations (read applications) related to the FCC in the ’60s and ’70s, practically and humorously described by Milam a pioneer of non-commercial public broadcasting. Milam viewed radio as a medium of expression; of purpose and passion. This book is an iconic and irreverent read for anyone who supports non-commercial radio, is actively involved in local broadcasting, or is interested in learning from the master about the hurdles required in starting or operating one. Obviously, this is a look back, technology and regulations have change dramatically since its publication.

The book’s printed cover graphics are known to read “THREE DOLLAH ” this book has a partial paper sticker affixed to that spot which reads “FIVE DOLLAH ” There are newer copies of the book available, the soft bound cover is different, and they do not have the collectible cache of this edition. This book borders on underground, it is 352 indicated pages, the 3rd edition, 1975 from Dildo Press. It is in very good condition.The only marking is a 3″ x 2″ stamped impression from “The Dildo Press Lady” which states that the book now costs $5 and orders should be addressed to BOOKPEOPLE in Dallas, Texas. In addition, it has her ink pen out which conveys that orders may no longer be filled through the Los Gatos, CA addresses.