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  • National Panasonic Radio, Model R–72S, ca. 1969
    Manufacturer: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    ABS plastic (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene copolymer), metal; H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm), Diam. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm)
    Gift of Roger Holt, MD, 2000 (2000.430)
    © Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic)

    This witty and vividly colored battery-powered portable radio was intended to appeal to a youthful consumer market. Easy and inexpensive to mass produce, the appliance typifies the populist approach of 1960s design. Its tapering doughnut-shaped external casing is hinged and, when twisted open, reveals the tuning dial on the inside. When closed, the radio either can be carried like a purse or slipped over the wrist like a bracelet; when open, its shape suggestively evokes a double trumpet.

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  • National Panasonic Radio, Model R-72S, ca. 1969
    Manufacturer: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    ABS plastic (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene copolymer), metal; H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm), Diam. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm)
    Gift of Roger Holt, MD, 2000 (2000.430)
    © Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic)

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