Tablets and smartphones, and even super thin big screen televisions: in many ways the promise of a modern device is its ever shrinking physical footprint in our homes. While I do love the industrial simplicity of my Apple iPad, there's definitely something to be said for the hearty physicality of the 1950s TV, radio, and media console.
Though I'm not sure I would describe this as "slim" this eBay item caught my eye, as it's listed as still working. A television from 62 years ago! This Mahogany encased 14" TV is available on eBay for only $99.99. While this old TV might not be in the best shape, it does makes you consider; what condition will my iPad be in after 62 years?
An incredible resource for designers looking for some retro inspiration, archival site Vintage Ad Browser has some beautiful examples of electronics ads from the 1950's with a wide range of interesting cabinet TV models from Magnavox, Zenith and Admiral.
While my personal taste is distinctively more modern than the above, there is something about the combination of wood finish and tech that I do find attractive. Could you imagine a Samsung flat panel TV, with a lovely rich wood bezel? There's just something about plastic that just doesn't have the same appeal. While I could do without the tail fins of the Kuba Komet, there is definitely something to the warmth and style of these old cabinets and consoles.
(Images: As linked, lead image courtesy of Retronaut)