The abstraction of the dial with circles surrounding numbers, the reduction of the control knobs to two helped to simplify the design of the front of the radio.
The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, gift of Dr. Michael Sze, 2016.2
This Bakelite form is a rectangle with curved edges with no frills or unnecessary decoration. The manufacturer’s name in capital letters is discreetly placed along the bottom edge. It was exhibited in MoMA’s final Useful Objects show in 1949–50, which provided a listing of retail sources where it could be purchased for $22.95.
Budlong, who studied in art schools in Iowa and Chicago, was among the first generation of professional industrial designers. He began his lifelong career as a consultant designer for the Zenith Radio Corporation in 1934.