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.