Books for Collectors

Deco Radio: The Most Beautiful Radios Ever Made

Author: Peter Sheridan

by Leigh Elmore

With 380 brilliant photos and engaging text, this book presents some 300 of the rarest and most beautiful radios ever made for home or workplace. The advent of the small, mantle or tabletop radio in 1930 gave a huge impetus to the spread of radio, not only allowing multiple sets in the home, but changing the listener from the family to the individual.

This book highlights a small subset of tube (valve) radios that incorporated new styling, materials, and approaches to consumer marketing in the 1930s and 1940s. Until now they have been underrated by many radio enthusiasts, and largely unrecognized in the world of Art Deco and industrial design.

The radios of 35 industrial designers, including the luminaries of streamlining in the USA and UK (Loewy, Bel Geddes, Teague, Van Doren, Vassos, Coates, and Chermayeff) are identified and examples from 15 countries are stunningly displayed.

About the author

Peter Sheridan is a respected historian, lecturer, author and collector. He has written a number of monographs on Art Deco and lectured at Art Deco World Congresses in 2007 and 2013. His radio collection is one of the most comprehensive in the world and his highly acclaimed book, Radio Days – Australian Bakelite Radios (2008) is the standard reference for Australian radio collectors.

Sheridan is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers and his photographs are used by media, museums and specialist publications. He is he leading authority on clinical photography in Australia presenting post-graduate courses each year for the Australian Dental Association and Sydney University. In 2001 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.

About the publisher

Schiffer Publishing is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality nonfiction books since 1974, located in Atglen, PA. Schiffer has published thousands of titles on diverse subjects with a deep catalog of titles on antiques and collectibles. More information can be found on

Size: 12″ x 9″, 343 color & 37 b/w photos, 352 pp, ISBN13: 9780764346057, Binding: hard cover

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