1957 Motorola Golden Satellite

Submitted by StoryTroy July 19th, 2011
Certifikitsch Winner

I’ve seen idiot-proof remotes and I’ve seen idiot-proof remotes, but how can you go wrong with one that sports just two buttons like this one, the 1957 Golden Satellite from Motorola?

Powered by a nine-volt battery lurking beneath the pop-off gold-tone base of the unit, it turns the television on and off and rotates the channels.  That’s it.  Good enough for Joe wage-slave after a hard day’s labors…

… yet elegant enough for a glamorous woman who has clearly left control of the television to her off-camera butler.

Worthy of note: a little something I didn’t know about television in the late 1950’s… apparently UHF was optional and cost extra.  See that fine print on the lower right?

5 Responses to “1957 Motorola Golden Satellite”

  1. Allee Willis

    Remote is so seriously gorgeous I can’t believe it. And then to have the ads to go along, priceless.

    When I was making a ton of arts and props out of found objects I would’ve for sure made an automobile out of this remote. The entire white section would be the hood, which would include everything from the engine to the trunk, and the gold part would be the passenger section. The taillights could also serve as seat warmers as they’d be mounted directly in back of the passenger. Of course, this vehicle could only be used once sensors were put in all the highways to automatically drive cars to avoid any collisions let alone rear end ones.

  2. StoryTroy

    Is there anything you can’t artfully repurpose? I agree with you completely on the beauty of this remote… just wait until you see the gorgeous new one I just bought online this week. It’s a beaut!

  3. k2dtw

    Great post… This is fabulous, in all it’s golden beauty!!! I love the gold gilt glam ad…really getting the point across, beautiful hair, gorgeous gown, long gold gloves…sparkly!!!