1958 PYE Continental

Image

The 1958 PYE Continental.  An enormous Table Model Valve Radio with wooden and blue painted cabinet.  A VHF2D to you if you’re technically minded, but to me a dark mahogany veneered plywood case with a rather wondrous contrasting pale blue and cream trim and just a pop of red.

The PYE Continental, hmm it got me to thinking … Lincoln Continental …

$T2eC16NHJGwE9n)ySfF8BQwPEgB27w~~60_3 - Copy

I imagine the inspiration for the design might have been heavily influenced by the nation’s fascination with all things American.  Rock and Roll, Diners, blingy jukeboxes and live-in fridges. Pure escapism to move away from the misery and monochrome that was World War II and its aftermath.

The moniker Continental also conjures up wonderful pictures of a European life glimpsed in films like the adorable Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday.  The world had suddenly become smaller and more colourful.

17ParisCafeStreetScene3479_Housier

Vintage valve radios of the late 1950s should be treasured for making a last stand. They are big and bold design statements.  Appreciate them as a complete contrast to our current obsession with miniaturization sparked by the arrival of the transistor and the microchip.

Call me old fashioned, but I do prefer my chips served with salt and vinegar, whilst watching the waves roll in.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s