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Vintage Transitor Radios

    • 181 posts
    June 16, 2016 4:09 PM EDT

    Did you have a transistor radio growing up? Here is a little bit of info about these beautifully designed vintage radios, compliments of Collectors Weekly

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    The transistor was invented in 1947 at Bell Labs in New Jersey. In 1954, Texas Instruments of Dallas teamed up with Regency Electronics (its original name was Industrial Development Engineering Associates, or I.D.E.A.) of Indianapolis to manufacture the first pocket-size transistor radio. Generally, the most collectible transistor radios are those made in Japan from 1956 to 1963 and in America from 1955 to 1960, but by the early '60s, many American companies had opted to have their radios made in Japan.

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    June 16, 2016 4:12 PM EDT

    Great blog showcasing vintage transistor radios!!!

    Radio Jay Allen

    • 181 posts
    June 16, 2016 4:16 PM EDT

    Another great piece from Antique Trader on Transistor Radio Collections.


    image from antique trader/ micheal jack

    snipped: The most collectible and historic vintage transistor radios were made in America from 1955 to 1960 and Japan from 1956 to 1963. An easy way to date a transistor radio of this period is to look for small triangles or circles between the 6 and 7 and the 12 and 16 on the dial. These are Civil Defense (CD) marks, which appeared on all radios manufactured or sold in the United States from 1953 to 1963.

    • 181 posts
    June 16, 2016 4:18 PM EDT

    This is a work of art!!!!


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    June 16, 2016 4:20 PM EDT

    This one looks like an Etch-A-Scetch to me!!!!

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    June 16, 2016 4:24 PM EDT

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    June 17, 2016 7:52 AM EDT

    I remember those and yes, I had one.  They are so cool - I really love that green one.  Very interesting article

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  • June 17, 2016 2:12 PM EDT

    I love and have such memories of these. 

    My very best Christmas I received one and my sister received Evening in Paris perfume set. 

    Not sure if I remember that transistor most as I wanted the radio or her perfume. 

    My honeys father had a hobby tv/radio fix it shop I would go visit. 

    Always had a radio on and most always a baseball game running. 

    Deep fond memories. 

    The red one looks like an etchasketch to me also. 

    Love the aqua one. 

  • June 21, 2016 3:30 PM EDT

    Really like the photos you posted here. Definitely was a big deal to get one of these little radios.