Chromium-plating had been very popular as a material to decorate wireless cabinets in the early 1930's. This was because the Art Deco movement still held sway in domestic design, and radio manufacturers wanted their receivers to appear housed in cabinets of the latest style. However Art Deco had nothing to do with the design in 1955 as chrome made a brief comeback when used heavily in two receivers from Pye. One was a mains/battery "attaché-case" portable, the P131MBQ, the other was a battery only "jewel-case" portable, the P114BQ, which can be seen on the next page.
The mains/battery P131MBQ version was released first, and appeared in attaché form, with a frame aerial concealed within the lift up lid. The cabinet was available in two forms - either blue with cream contrast, or mauve with polka-dot pink contrast. The P131MBQ featured a tuning scale with cord driven pointer on a windowed scale, and operated on MW and LW. Costing £13.5.4. +pt it featured a valve line-up of DK96, DF96, DAF96, DL96 together with a metal rectifier.
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