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FADA 845

FADA 845
FADA 845
Sold on November 23, 2009
Listed price on date of sale - $385.00
Beautiful, working, 1940s Fada polystyrene tube radio. This radio has a polystyrene case, which was a plastic material that was available shortly after war's end. It differs in color and texture from Bakelite, Plaskon, or Catalin materials that were utilized for nearly all radio cases made prior to it. Fada, which had been most famous for Catalin radios prior to the war, seemed to search for a Catalin replacement, as post war production tight labor market wasn't tolerant of the high cost, low yield process of Catalin production. In 1946-47, Fada produced the model 845 using polystyrene, using a design that mimicked the Catalin cloud model from a previous year. The swirl of the polystyrene is very intriguing, and like Catalin, the material has a lot of complexity and is semi-translucent (light will shine through the thickness). That translucence yields a great visual complexity to the depth of the swirl. Excellent luster, a gorgeous, strongly marbled dark chocolate and caramel brown colored case. These sets are most often found cracked or heat damaged, and neither has occurred here. Unit has the original marbled knobs, handle, reverse painted glass dial lens, and cardboard back.
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