Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 39 – August 2010)

Submitted by denny October 7th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

This is a “Panapet 70′ transistor ball radio. All of Allee’s radios are in fabulous working condition and I was so tempted to try them all out.

I see two of these at “Willis Wonderland” and to me, this radio in particular, has a sort of “space age” look to it.

This owl radio went onto my favorites list! I flip over the fact you have to dial his eyes to turn it on and change the channel. The detail in his feet also kills me.

I want one of these!

A kitsch filled listening experience? I think the wings even open but I didn’t get a chance to play with this one. I may arrange something for a shot but sometimes I hate to open something or attempt to use it at Willis Wonderland. Respect the kitsch, respect the kitsch………

I only wish they still made radios like this. I can only imagine having an ice cream ipod.

All of these smaller transistors sit on a glass table at WW.

One Response to “Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 39 – August 2010)”

  1. Allee Willis

    Denny, I skipped part 38 as it was the same photos as this but with less photos.

    The Panapet was cool and popular when it came out in the late 60s. Although it wasn’t the same brand, it matched all my round globe portable TVs.

    The owl radio is fantastic. Someone told me it was from some famous science-fiction movie in the 70s or 80s but I’ve never been able to track that down. His eyes, each with a rhinestone pupil, are the dials and light up when the radios turns on. I’ve had this for at least 20 years, have never changed the battery and it turns on perfectly every time.

    The ladybug radio is really spectacular. As soon as you turn it on with the eyeball dial, the wing opens up to reveal a tiny speaker. It’s also got a hand strap, which is always nice, and the little rubber antenna kills me.

    The red transistor radio in the bottom photo has a specific name though I’m blanking on it now. It was big in the late 60s and is attached to a shoulder strap so you wear it like a shoulder bag. I’ve always thought that the little white flying saucer radio next to it looks like a thermostat.

    I didn’t really like the ice cream radio when someone gave it to me as a gift because I loved radios that were older than when these things became very trendy in the late 70s and 80s. But I left it in my kitchen and turned it on every morning and got unbelievably attached to it. It doesn’t show up great in the photo but the ice cream scoop is Strawberry and is an incredible shade of creamy pink.

    All these radios play perfect. They are my number one resource whenever the power goes out or we have an earthquake.