Artifact of the Month

Emerson "Patriot" RadioEmerson Patriot Radio
Donated by Ada Lee Shook

This radio belonged to the Carl Smith family of Fayetteville.

In 1940, with the question of U. S. involvement in World War II on everyone's mind, Emerson Radio and Phonograph Company began producing the "Patriot" line of radios. Created by industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes, the Patriot came in a variety of red, white, and blue color combinations. The radio cabinet is made of catalin, a type of plastic similar to bakelite. Patriots retailed for $24.95.

For more information about the Patriot and other technological marvels from days gone by, visit Mike Schultz's website, Reverse Time.

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