1956 Vintage Valve radio made by Philips GB.
What can I say about this tip top, table top radio? It has a distinctive claret and gold radio dial, piano keys, and is in a really good condition for its age. It bears the familiar Philips trademark, which although I’ve seen countless times, I can only now, after a little research, appreciate its significance.
The waves and the stars symbolise radio waves with the stars representing the ether of the evening sky through which radio waves travel. How poetic. It must have been a good design because it has certainly stood the test of time. First making its appearance back in 1926 on the packaging of miniwatt radio valves, and on the Philigraph, an early sound recording device.
In 1956 the collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? was created by Richard Hamilton for the exhibition This is Tomorrow at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. This was thought to be the first example of a new exciting art genre and he subsequently became known as the father of Pop Art.
Smooth operator Dean Martin spent four weeks topping the charts with Memories are Made of This and in complete juxtaposition, the loud and leary Mr Punk, Johnny Rotten was born.