1949 Coca-Cola Cooler Radio

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1949 Coca-Cola Cooler Radio

500.00

This iconic 1949 Coca-Cola Cooler Radio has been so popular, it is often reproduced. You may have seen modern CD players, keychains, and smaller versions patterned after its classic design.

This is an absolute original in excellent, unaltered condition. Every part and piece is as constructed in 1949. Nothing has been changed or added. Even the knobs are original, which is typically one of the first things to be replaced by restorers.

It's the Real Thing.

Made of the much sought after material, Bakelite, an early precursor to modern plastics, there are no chips or cracks to the body or components of the radio. There are some areas where the glossy red Bakelite heat-hardenable lacquer coating has been abraded, revealing very small areas of the underlying black Bakelite material. We have provided photographs, and if you would like more detailed close-ups of any area or component, please contact us.

The original cord and electrical plug are attached. We plugged the radio into an electrical outlet, and the light on the dial was illuminated.

The radio emitted a loud humming sound, which according to the instructions on the back, is typical during a 2 minute warm up period. We did not test the radio for more than about 1 minute, so we did not tune in a station. We're admittedly not skilled enough in electronics to feel comfortable doing any further investigation, but remain confident that a knowledgeable collector will be able to bring this radio back to full functionality.

We did not remove the back panel to examine the tubes or other components, but the front radio station bar lit up, and we believe that is a good indication.

The original electrical cord is wound as it was found and is slightly stiff from age.

We are selling this 1949 Coca-Cola Cooler Radio in AS IS condition.

9 3/4" tall. 12" wide. 8 1/4" deep. Measurements are approximate, and include projections such as knobs.

 

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If you've got a spare half-hour, this is a fascinating 1937 film which describes the invention and prevalent use of Bakelite materials. It's an interesting glimpse into the American fascination with plastic phenolic resins during the early to mid part of the twentieth century.

...and heat, humidity, water, vermin, and fungi- none of these...can impair the lasting qualities...”
— Lowell Thomas, The Narrator