Emerson Model 511 "Moderne" Bakelite Radio (1946)
I believe this case is bakelite, but Emerson produced at least one similar
model in wood. This design went through a few model numbers and color variations.
Page 68 of the book Radios Redux shows three other color
combinations, including a showy green-swirled case with black grill.
The dial cover floats over the gold metallic grill,
which covers much of the front. The dial cover
is anchored at its top by a block of translucent
ivory plastic, whose back has a recess for the pilot light.
When you turn on the radio, the illuminated
block sheds a soft light over the dial, a beautiful effect
in a darkened room.
This was the first radio that I restored electronically
as well as cosmetically, so it's probably stuck with a permanent
place of honor in my collection.
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