RCA Model 40X-56 "1939 Worlds Fair"
|RCA had big
plans for the opening of the 1939-40 New York Worlds Fair as the time
and place for the public debut of their television system. As part
of their promotion, they issued this radio, the model 40X-56. The
front of the cabinet was a Repwood panel (a molded plastic imitation
wood product) which depicted the Worlds Fair symbol, the Trylon and
Perisphere. Naturally, the RCA building was featured as well (in
the lower right corner).
The radio, itself, was a standard 5-tube design of the day. It was part of a series of radios using the same chassis, which included a similar set featuring the San Francisco Golden Gate Exposition, and the Mexican-motif La Siesta.