RCA Model 8-X-541 Bakelite Radio (1949)
The simplicity of this design knocks me out. I keep this
radio in my office where I can see it every day.
On the bottom of the radio, besides the usual paper sticker
with tube layout and other info, is a brown label
showing the head of a swell-looking lassie sporting a
laurel wreath in her hair. It also bears this solemn testimonial:
"This is to certify that this instrument has the acoustical
balance which produces the tone of the 'Golden Throat.'
(signed) D.D. Cole, Chief Engineer, Home Instrument Department, RCA Victor."
Old Mr. Cole wasn't fibbing. This radio sounds pretty good.
Not sure what the lassie has to do with it all. Perhaps she's
some mythical golden-throated singer that this instrument is supposed
to emulate. No matter, I guess it makes good marketing copy. By the way,
despite its "centered" appearance, the speaker is actually on
the left side of the radio as you face its front.
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