I found this Zenith R511F in a small town antique shop.  I bought it  for its shiny, rich green beauty and classy gold trim.  You can probably tell it is in fabulous condition.

     The first tube radios ran on direct current only.  By 1927 most househould  appliances ran on alternating current (AC).  At that time AC radios made a big splash in the market. 

     DC power still had a place in society, and this 1954 model is one of the last AC-DC radios made.
It is one of the first to use modern plastics.  Previous radios were of brittle bakelite or an expensive multicolored variant, Catalin.

 

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