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Retro Radio: Six Decades of Design 1920s-1970s

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Retro Radio: Six Decades of Design 1920s-1970s

Mike Tauber Foreword by Ron Simon

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Before television and MTV, the radio was central in the home, a way for the family to gather to hear the news or listen to music. At one time, the radio was a piece of hand-crafted wood furniture and limited stations fell silent during part of the day. Over 175 images provide an impressive visual journey through the radio’s aesthetic history reflecting all the major design changes across the years. The images also reveal the diversity of materials, textures, colors, shapes, and sizes of radios of earlier ages. It ranges from the 1920s tabletop wooden console models in the classic bread box, cathedral, and tombstone styles, the wooden and early Bakelite and Catalin plastic art deco models of the 1930s to the 1950s, on to the 1950s thermoplastic models in modern styling, and the transistors that ascended to prominence in the 1950s and beyond. Reintroducing machines that few people see anymore and perhaps hardly know existed, this fascinating book restores the once state-of-the-art machines’ aesthetic glory.

Size: 9 1/8″ x 8 1/8″ | 176 color photos | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764346798 | Binding: hard cover

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Mike Tauber specializes in portraiture, travel, interiors, and architectural imagery. As a Manhattan-based independent photographer, he shoots for both magazines and commercial clients. His work has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, NPR’s Weekend Edition, The Tavis Smiley Radio Show, as well as other TV, blog, print, and radio outlets across the country. His work has won an International Photography Award, a Young Voices Foundation Award, and has been recognized in the Photo District News Photo Annual. He is the photographer and co-author of the award-winning book Blended Nation: Portraits and Interviews of Mixed-Race America (Channel Photographics, 2009), which explores the concept of race in America through the prism of the personal experiences of people of mixed-race heritage. To view more of Mike’s work: miketauber.commiketauberphoto.com