Vintage Radio Collection Showcased At Library
Vintage Radios on loan by Michael Katz will be showcased at the Garden City Public Library for December. Exhibits are free and open to the public during regular library hours. For hours and directions phone: 516/742-8405 or go to www.gardencitypl.org. The library is located at 60 Seventh St. in Garden City. Exhibit funding is provided by Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Installation and removal dates are subject to change.
Mr. Katz has been an avid collector since childhood. He collected bottle caps, coins, and 1920s & 30s tin and cast iron toy cars & trucks. Eventually he bought a 1937 Zenith radio at a flea market and had at least 100 sets within 5 years. Their eye-catching designs show tremendous art and design innovation. Manufacturers went all out to make radios that would fit tastefully into any living room. During the early 1930s radio was still new to many, so they had to make them as attractive as possible. Other appliances and furniture also followed the same trend. Art deco and nouveau were really popular at the time so many radios incorporated those design elements into their cases.