When Zenith Mattered – 1950s User Interface Design

I’m a big fan of new technology, but occasionally something ancient like my Zenith radio shows me how a twist on old technology improves a product design and user experience.  My grandfather Hale T. Shenefield’s 1950-vintage Zenith AM radio (G503 / Chassis 5G41) takes a routine technology of the day – tuning a variable capacitor by a string-and-pulley system – and uses the method advantageously to give the radio a simple operation and clean appearance.

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