Zenith Model J-733 AM/FM Clock Radio (1956)
Big and bold, this radio may be overdecorated
to some tastes, but you can't deny that it makes a
real statement. There's a lot going on on this design.
From a distance, its big round dials make it look
like a wacky space alien whose left eye is winking.
The dials are enclosed in black frames that stand out
from the deeply textured gold cabinet face. The
speaker grille and Zenith logo occupy center stage, above
a set of three knobs whose gentle curve resembles a smile.
Some folks despise this kind of thing, but if you're crazy for 1950s designs, as we are, this radio's irresistible.
This must be the biggest, heaviest clock radio that I own.
The cabinet is thick, heavy, black plastic, and
the seven-tube AM/FM innards contribute to the weight.
Like many clock radios, this one is missing
a couple of those cussed teeny knobs from the clock section.
There must be a special place in Widget Hell where all those
knoblets go after people lose them.
If you enjoy spotting old radios in movies, keep your eyes
peeled during Prizzi's Honor. In a scene where Jack
Nicholson's character writes a note on a hotel room desk, this
clock radio is right in front of him.