MERCURY BLUE Mid Century Retro Vintage 1955 Hallicrafters Model 622 Tube AM Shortwave Radio Totally Awesome!
DIMENSIONS: Approximately 14" x 7" x 8.5" (l x w x h)
COLOR: Medium blended blue with light blue hood
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DESCRIPTION: Absolutely superlative design in so many ways! Very unique and instantly memorable with elegant use of contrasting colors. Reminds me of an innocent period in 1956 American psyche after Deco but before Sputnik like a humongous 1957 Turnpike Cruiser.
Inconspicuous it's not.
Akin to its automotive brethren, this radio makes irreverent use of bold colors on an otherwise staid concept of geometric shapes, oblique angles, and masculine proportions. It's as if designers wanted to be free of past stodginess, but was lacking creative inspiration, and was not yet focused on everything outer space with Sputnik. Tabletop tube AM radio manufactured by Hallicrafters in mid-fifties time frame in excellent+ condition. Picks up AM stations clearly and loudly up and down the dial with external antenna attachment. I was not able to pick up any shortwave stations. However, I'm not sure there are any shortwave stations broadcasting my area. Cabinet is in near mint condition with no cracks, chips, or major scratches. Original factory molded colors. No repaints. No oversprays. The contrasting light blue hood is a separate molded piece not painted. Isn't that sweet? This radio is over 60 years old! The knobs are nice aged matching blue in excellent condition. The gold metal center caps are slightly tarnished. The tuning dial works fine and smooth no slipping. No tuning dial light. All paper and wax capacitors have been replaced with modern equivalents so this radio has another 50+ years or more of playing time! The tubes are working fine. All out-of-spec resistors have been replaced with modern correct value and voltage equivalents. There is no loud or pervasive hum. There is no loud or pervasive static between stations unless you operate near modern megahertz devices. The set has been aligned according to factory specifications. Backing board is in good condition with crisp square corners. The power cord and plug is good original working condition. No exposed wiring. The radio has been thoroughly cleaned and inspected. All wiring has been thoroughly checked for possible bridging and weak solder connection. Comes from non-smoking, mature, clean professional environment no pets. This thing belongs in a museum!