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Streamlined Bakelite Tesla Talisman Radio, 1950s



Talisman Radio by the Tesla company from the 1950s. A compact tabletop receiver in a streamlined design fondly referred to as the "moped tank" style, very reminiscent of the design language of renowned industrial designer Raymond Loewy. The radio was manufactured in Czechoslovakia. It has 3 knobs on the front panel that can be used to search for the station. The large display shows which stations are available. There are different cities of the world and a regulator displayed. The radio is fully functional and is in perfect condition. The radio was manufactured by the Tesla company. Tesla was founded in 1921 under the name Elektra in Prague and specialized in tube manufacturing. After World War II, it was merged with 16 other companies to form a state-owned corporation that primarily supplied socialist countries under the Tesla name. The model is called Talisman 308U and was produced from 1953-1958.


  • Creator
    Tesla (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 7.88 in. (20 cm)Width: 11.82 in. (30 cm)Depth: 7.88 in. (20 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
    Czech Republic
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Very good condition Comes with a book about tesla (written in german).
  • Seller Location
    Hamburg, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3958324361802

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    Ships From: Hamburg, Germany
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