This weekend I will have to do another sold digest because not too long ago now I sold my Fleetwood pink clock radio. The thing is, just before it sold, I found myself rather enjoying its precense on my nightstand. The radio played like a champ. The clock was handy. I also found myself regretting the sale somewhat in that the buyer wrote me after he got the radio and said he loved it and that it was perfect for the photo shoot in the house... His note made me nervous. What were they doing with the radio exactly? It didn't sound like they were using it as a radio. They were photographing it, certainly. But for what? And what would they do with it once they'd used it in their photoshoot? Would they toss it on the curb?
So, I found myself on a hunt. Nightly, I would scour eBay listings, Etsy listings. Even Craigslist and Kijiji were not immune to my intense hunt. I was hunting for the perfect clock radio. One that would make my eyes and heart swoon. But there wasn't much out there. There was always some little issue standing in my way. A missing little knob here, a hairline crack there. The clock would work but the radio wouldn't and vice versa.
I then decided to e-mail this guy who sells really cool and reasonably priced radios on my favourite radio real estate site, The Radio Attic. I actually featured this guy once, here on my site. Read all about him here if you like.
And without further ramblings, I bring you my coveted catch, my prize. The thing I'd doggedly and determinedly searched for - everywhere. My Zenith, AM/FM (yes, FM!) model 733, gray clock radio. Restored internally and in perfect working condition. To grace my nightstand, (once it arrives from Little Rock, Arkansas) with its mid-century, Atomic, Eames-y awesomeness!
Apparently this radio was quite expensive back in the day. As you can see in this ad, it was priced back in '53 at a whopping $75!
I also love how it says it's "the only one of its kind in the world." I believe that. These 733 AM/FM sets came in a few different colour combinations. Here are the others:
On that note, I leave you with this: