Silvertone Model 256 Record Player

I bought this from a retired Boeing employee who told me it was designed by a famous designer, "The same fella who designed the Studebakers and a number of other things."

I guess he meant Raymond Loewy. This may or may not be true. Some items are attributed to Loewy which were designed by an employee in his company, or by someone else altogether.

Either way, the streamlined shape of this modest little cabinet is very pretty. The Bakelite is an extremely dark reddish brown, and the record platter is colored to match. There's not a mark on it, so it evidently wasn't used much.

This model offers three speeds: 33 1/3, 45, and 78 rpm. I'm guessing it was made in the 1940s, or early 1950s at the very latest. Anybody who knows the real date of manufacture, please clue me in!

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