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And a photo of a trio of chairside models (L-R) --- 638CS, 528CS, and 628CS
Here are some images from the 1938 product catalog (click on link to left for hi-res album of complete catalog):
The premise for the chairside radios seemed to be one of leisure. A listener could relax in his or her favorite easy chair and have the radio sitting right beside. Different models provided a convenient place to sit a cup of coffee or a magazine / book. Some models had cabinets that provided a small magazine rack or storage for a few books.
Chairside radios were a short-lived product offering of Noblitt-Sparks, introduced in 1938 as part of the Phantom Filter line and, to our knowledge, discontinued after that. As such, they are relatively scarce and very desirable from a collector's perspective. Five models were part of the 1938 catalog (click on BLUE links below for hi-res albums) :