Saturday, December 11, 2010

1939 Snow White Emerson Radio

After the 1937 premiere and subsequent success of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, one of the multitude of items licensed for sale was a 1939 radio (actually two radios) manufactured by the Emerson Company.

Model BM-247...

Radio collector Philip I. Nelson has created a webpage with loads of pics documenting his progress in the restoration process of the Emerson "Snow White" Model 247.

Under contract with Disney, Emerson produced two different versions of the Snow White radio, as well as two Mickey Mouse sets. The Emerson "Snow White" Model 247 radio is a classic figural set, showing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs frolicking before their rustic cottage.

The front of this cabinet is made of "repwood," which was a mixture of ground wood and a glue or binder, compressed with a mold. Repwood was used for many different decorative items of the time, since it could be molded into detailed shapes and finished to match other wood parts, such as this cabinet's frame. Info and images below copyright Philip I. Nelson


Model Q-236...

This smaller radio uses the same molded design, but does not include the cottage "door" to the right of the dwarfs.The knobs are referred to as "acorn knobs"

Model Q-236.
 Images copyright catalingems.


  1. Thanks Sheryl and Venus. I really like the look of Snow White on the cleaned (but not yet painted) face of the first radio above. It's a fresh yet very vintage rendering of the princess.

  2. Great post - I love seeing restoration work like that!