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General Electric Radio
TitleGeneral Electric Radio
Object NameGeneral Electric Radio
Manufactured ByGeneral Electric
DescriptionGeneral Electric model F-40 features a nearly cubical, brown Bakelite cabinet with white Plaskon trim. The chassis is mounted vertically, and, like many GE Bakelite radios of the era, the back was also Bakelite, and was an integrated part of the overall design." The set uses only four tubes, but the IF and AF amplifier functions are performed by the same tube in a reflex circuit. The performance was equal to a normal, 5-tube set. It was an AC-only set, and is quite heavy for its size (10 inches wide)" It's original list price was $19.95."(source:" 'Bakelite' is the trade name for the first fully synthetic plastic formed from phenol and formaldehyde. The early thermoset was developed in 1909 by Dr. Leo H. Baekeland and became known as "the material of a thousand uses." Early applications include varnishes, jewelry, casings for radios, telephones, cameras, and electrical appliances. Plaskon is a urea formaldehyde plastic first developed and utilized by Arthur M. Howald and produced by the Toledo Synthetic Products Company beginning in 1931.
Dimensions8 x 10 x 8 1/2 in. (20.3 x 25.4 x 21.6 cm)
Date Manufactured1937
MaterialPhenol Formaldehyde (PF), Urea Formaldehyde (UF)
Manufacturing ProcessCompression Molded
Number of Objects1
Accession Number2003.711
DonorGift of National Plastics Center. Originally gift of George R. Smoluk.
Broad SubjectAppliances
Date Digital2009
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