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Each picture below is a link to a larger picture and, in most cases, more information about each radio.  Don't miss it!
 
Channel Master 6506   1959
Made for Channel Master by Sanyo, these are pretty radios, somewhat larger than shirt-pocket size.  They have nice perforated metal grilles and reverse-painted plastic trim.Click for more about this radioClick for more about this radio


Commodore / Hi-Lite YTR-601   ca. 1961
Click for more about these radiosThese two transistor sets were obviously made in the same factory even though they carry different brand names.  Such capricious labeling was common with imported transistor radios in the 1960s.  These have crisp styling with nice perforated metal grilles.


Fuji Denki TRS-861   1963
Click for more about this radioA two-band (AM and shortwave) coat-pocket-size radio, with a mirror-finished perforated metal grille.


Hi-Delity / Supre-Macy 6T-330   ca. 1962
Click for more about this radioThese are stunning little cuties, with luscious clear-plastic (the Hi-Delity) or reverse-painted (the Supre-Macy) sections at the tops of their cases.


Highwave   ca. 1965
Click for more about this radioI had one of these radios as a 12-year-old boy.  I can clearly remember going with my father to an appliance store on Boston Avenue in Bridgeport, CT to buy it.  I enjoyed it for several years, but for reasons apparently known only to youngsters, I destroyed it.  Took it apart and couldn't put it back together again.  I'm glad I was able to find a replacement copy for my collection.  It has 14 (count 'em!) transistors, three bands (AM, FM, shortwave), a tone control and a big 3-1/2-inch-diameter speaker.  Super deluxe!


Marvel / Mellow-tone 6YR-15A   ca. 1963
Click for more about these radiosMy collector books date these as 1960 or 1961 transistor sets.  But this model happens to be my first radio, bought for me by my father at the A&P Supermarket on Boston Avenue in Bridgeport, CT, and I distinctly remember hearing the song My Guy, by Mary Wells, on it shortly after getting it.  This is when I was first becoming aware of popular music as a listenable, consumable commodity, and this particular song sticks in my memory.  My Guy was a Spring 1964 hit, so this radio was purchased in 1963 at the earliest.  Thus my 1963 date, and I'm stickin' to it.


Mellow tone / Tempest TR604   1964
Cleanly styled radios, with nice smooth plastic cases and a hefty, solid feel.  The black one is theTempest-branded model; the other two are Mellow tones.  I owned one of these as a young lad, except it was a light blue color.Click for more about these radios


Realtone "Globepacer"   ca. 1965
Click for more about this radioThis was Japan's answer to the Zenith Transoceanic.  And what a magnificent answer it is.  Eleven (count them!) bands, AM, SW and FM.  Variable selectivity.  I could go on, and in fact I do.  Click the thumbnail for more.


Realtone TR-8611 "Constellation"   1963
Click for more about this radioOn the back of the case, in the lower corner, just where you'd expect to see the word "Japan," it instead says "Ryukyus."  At first this puzzled me, but I found that it refers to the Ryukyus chain of Pacific islands.  The most commonly known one (at least to Americans) is Okinawa, occupied by the U.S. from the end of WWII until 1972, when it became a Japanese Prefecture.  So this radio was not "Made in Japan" but, most likely, made in Okinawa.


Standard SR-H437 / SR-G430 "Micronic Ruby"   1965 / 1964
Click for more about the SR-G437These are extraordinarily tiny eight-transistor radios.  The SR-G430 on the right was the first Micronic Ruby, followed soon by the SR-H437, left.Click for more about the SR-G430


Toshiba 7TP-352S   1960
Click for more about this radioLike other early Toshibas, this is a beautifully finished radio with lots of attention to detail evident in its design and manufacture.  It has a reverse-painted top, and a quilted metal grille below.  This two-band radio was available in two versions, this one with AM and shortwave, and the 7TP-352M with AM and marine-band tuning.


Toshiba 8TM-300S   1959
Click for more about this radioThis is a big transistor radio.  At almost eight inches wide, it's bigger than coat-pocket size.  It has two bands, standard broadcast AM and 6-to-18-mc. shortwave.  Each band has its own slide rule scale, one on each side of the bandswitch pushbuttons, which are centered on top.
 
Channel Master 6515   1960
This is the big brother to the Channel Master 6506 at left.  It has eight transistors instead of six, and is much larger with a bigger speaker.  It sounds quite good, and the added RF stage gives it very good signal-pulling power.Click for more about this radio


Emerson 838   1955
Click for more about this radioAfter Regency brought the first all-transistor radio to market in 1954, other companies rushed to design transistors into their portables.  But many were unable to convert completely over to transistors immediately, so they designed hybrid radios that used a combination of transistors and vacuum tubes in their circuits.  This is one such radio.


Grand Prix GP-901   ca. 1965
Click for more about this radioThe 1965 date is a guess, based on the general appearance of the set and its construction.  Although the presence of the Conelrad dial markings at 640 and 1240 kc would generally indicate a radio made between 1953 and 1963, in this case I think they were just carried forward unnecessarily by the manufacturer, as was sometimes done.


Highwave / Star-Lite "HiFi Deluxe"   ca. 1964
These small six-transistor sets have clean, simple lines and attractive metal fronts.  Close examination reveals that they were probably made by the same prolific Japanese company that made those wonderful Marvel brand sets, below.Click for more about these radios


ITT 881   1963
This coat-pocket-sized eight-transistor radio has two bands—a "marine" band covering 1.8 to 4.5 MHz, and the regular AM broadcast band.  I like the two-tone white and salmon colored case.Click for more about this radio


Marvel 6YR-15B   Early 1960s
This Marvel is very similar to the '15A at left, with a stylish round speaker grille, reverse-painted upper front and gold-tone accents.Click for more about this radio


Marvel 6YR-19   Early 1960s
Click for more about this radioThis Marvel is just so incredibly cute and tiny.  Only three inches tall.


Raleigh / Mastercraft / Highwave / Norwood 6YR-65   ca. 1963
Click for more about this radioThese are small transistor radios brought to us by the same Japanese company that produced all those cute Marvel transistor radios above.Click for more about these radios


 O.M.G.S. Suburbia 1200   1964
Click for more about this radioThis is a coat-pocket-sized transistor radio, with nothing in particular to recommend it, except that I had one like it when I was a kid.  (I had several radios as a kid—I was a radio collector even then.)  This O.M.G.S. does have the best sound of any of my transistor radios, though.  Extremely sensitive, with excellent tone.


Sony TR-620    1961
Click for more about this radioNo baloney!  This is a solidly built little radio in an interesting slate-blue color.  I like the metalwork, with its magnified peephole, above the speaker.  This is a very finely finished radio, even more so than many other Japanese radios of the day.


Star-Lite TRN-60C    Early 1960s
Click for more about this radioThis is a radio that's embellished with a blade.  There's a metal band embedded, edge out, in the plastic case.  It starts on one side, goes over the top and down the other side.  The plastic is a delicate pistachio green color.  Oooh.


Toshiba 8TM-41 / 8TM-294   1961 / 1960
Click for more about these radiosThese are two near-twin coat-pocket-size Toshibas.  They both have beautiful slide-rule dials under clear plastic.  Mechanically, they're virtually identical inside.  Even though it appears that the '294's circuit-board assembly could have been used in the 8TM-41 without modification, Toshiba chose to design another board with a different parts layout and slightly different circuitry.

I can't resist quoting from a Toshiba ad for the 8TM-294:  "Mere words cannot describe its brilliant performance or the breath-taking beauty.  By any yard-stick of comparison this Toshiba transistor 8 offers a new standard of perfection."  Indeed.


Yaecom YTR-808   ca. 1960
Click for more about this radioYet another coat-pocket-size, two-band transistor radio from the early 1960s.  Dig those cool speaker-grille cutouts.



Some transistor radio batteries.

Some "006P" nine-volt transistor radio batteries of the era (approx. 1-7/8 inches / 48 mm tall).  These examples are still sealed in cellophane.



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