Emerson Model 610 Plastic Radio (1949)
I bought this maroon-and-gold gem
at an auction of old props from the Northern
Exposure TV show. It was utterly filthy, jumbled in a pile
of junk including a rusty hotplate and a battered payphone.
I got the whole lot for a small price, and was delighted
to find several other old radios in addition to this one.
But this is by far my favorite.
Emerson made a couple of other models with very similar
lines. Model 615B, with an all-wood cabinet, looks
like a close cousin. Model 616A is an interesting
hybrid wood-and-plastic model. The cabinet proper is
wood, but it uses the same distinctive one-piece plastic
grille and dial cover, as well as the same clear plastic
knobs to the side.
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