There's a display of Peter Sheridan's coloured radios


and other items from the 30s at the Brave New World Exhibition in the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square. It's on from 14 July to 15 October 2017.

Philip Leahy went to the exhibition at the Ian Potter gallery (3rd Floor) today, and said "it is magnificent - even better than expected".

The radios are presented in a very professional way.

The exhibition has an entry fee of $8 for Seniors

display of 40 radios from the Art Deco 1930's period are there in every available colour by the makers of the day.

This display is not to be missed!"

These radios comprise a selection of Australian designed and manufactured tabletop models from the 1930s at a time when this new method of communication became an integral part of every home.

They reflect the rapid spread of the streamlined style to Australia from the United States, England and Europe, where industrial designers applied machine-age styling to everyday household appliances.

The use of new synthetic plastics (Bakelite) and mass production helped to make radios affordable for ordinary people, even in the depths of the Depression, and radio transmission brought the world into every Australian home.

As cheap alternatives to the expensive wooden console in the lounge room, these small, portable radios allowed individual family members to listen to serials, quizzes and popular music in other rooms such as the kitchen, bedroom and verandah, as well as in the workplace.

Radios of the 1930s are now appreciated as quintessential examples of Art Deco styling, and one of the first expressions of art meeting industry. These colourful and elegant radio sets were one of the first pieces of modern styling in the Australian home. They were also a symbol of modern technology and a new future.

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