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Austria:

Transetta

1958
Siemens-Austria WSW
Transetta 581

first Siemens-Austria transistor radio
Knirps

1959/'60
Kristallwerk Graz
Knirps TS60



Czechoslovakia:

Tesla T60

1960 Tesla
T60 (2701B)

first Tesla "pocket" transistor radio
Tesla Doris

1961 Tesla
Doris (2702B)

Tesla Zuzana

1964 Tesla
Zuzana (2710B)

first Tesla shirt pocket transistor radio


France:

Bebe Grammont

1958 Bebe Grammont

Celard transistor

1958 Célard Minicapte(?)

Phenix

1959(?) Phenix
coat pocket / micro-table

Phillips France

1959 Philips France
L1F95T

see Philips Fanette page for overview
Translitor 500

1959 Pizon Bros
Translitor 500

Pygmy Ultron

c.1959 Pygmy Ultron

Pizon Translitor

1960 Pizon Bros
Translitor Pocket

France unknown

1960? unidentified
mfr & model

Schneider BIP

1961(?) Schneider BIP

TED Saint Germain

1962 TED
Saint Germain

Optalix Saint James

1972 Optalix
Saint James Auto S.2



GDR (DDR):

Stern Sternchen

1959 VEB Stern
Sternchen

first GDR all-transistor radio
Stern 100

1961 VEB Stern
T100

Stern Mikki

c.1963 VEB Stern
T120 "Mikki"

first GDR shirt pocket transistor radio


West Germany:

Telefunken Partner

1957 Telefunken Partner

June? '57
Braun T3

1958 Braun T3

first Braun pocket transistor radio, and a world-class design icon
Grundig Transistor Boy

1958/59 Grundig
Transistor Boy

Philips L1D90T

1959 Philips Germany L1D90T

see Philips Fanette page for overview
Siemens T1

1959 Siemens T1

first "Siemens-Germany" transistor radio
Grundig Mini Boy

1960 Grundig Mini Boy

Loewe Opta Dandy

1960 Loewe Opta
5900 “Dandy”

Loewe Opta Luxy

1960 Loewe Opta
5910 “Luxy”

Braun T23

c.1961 Braun T23

Grundig Solo Boy

1961 Grundig Solo Boy

Nordmende Mikrobox

1961(?) Nordmende Mikrobox

Telefunken Partner IV

1961 Telefunken Partner IV



Great Britain:

KB_Starlight

Kolster-Brandes Ltd.
KB Scarlet Rhapsody,
KB Starlight Rhapsody

Perdio Piccadilly

1958/59 PR 721
Perdio Piccadilly

Philips Fanette

1958/59 Philips
L1G75/00L

see Philips Fanette page for overview
Perdio

c.1959 Perdio

Decca Debonette

1961 Decca
Debonette TP50

6-tr portable
Ekco Vanity

1961 Ekco Vanity

6-tr portable
Dansette RT66

1962 Dansette RT66

6-tr horizontal shirt pocket radio
Perdio Mini

1962 Perdio
PR33 "mini 66"



Holland:

Philipd Fanette

1958-59
Philips Fanette

this is the overview page for all Phillips Fanettes
Norelco

1960
Philips/Norelco
L2X97T/64R

Philips Nanette

1962/63/64
Philips Nanette
L1W22T

Philips L0X25T/22G

1963 Philips
L0X25T/22G



Hungary:

Tunde 2

EMV Tunde 2

1959 or '60 — second version of first Hungarian transistor radio


Italy:

Voxson Zephyr 725

1957 Voxson
Zephyr 725

one of the earliest Italian transistor radios, though not the first
Voxson Zephyr 745

1959(?) Voxson
745 Zephyr 2

six transistor MW small portable
Geloso G3300

1959/60? Geloso
G3300

seven transistor MW portable
Voxson Magic 750

1960? Voxson
Magic 750

circa 1960 — one of the first Italian pocket transistor radios
Retzen Cicogna

Retzen Cicogna

CGE pocket

1962 CGE “Pocket”

six transistor shirt pocket radio
Crwons

c.1965 “Crwon's”

One of many Italian-made "basement radios"


Latvia:

Spidola

1960/61 Spidola

first Soviet multi-band transistor radio and first Soviet export transistor radio
Gauja

1961 Gauja

first Soviet "pocket" (coatpocket) transistor radio made both for the domestic market and for export
Selga

1963 Selga



Norway:

Radionette Kurer

c.1960
Radionette Kurer

a later example of the Radionette Kurer, first produced in 1958


Poland:

Eltra MOT-59

1959 Eltra MOT-59

first Polish transistor radio
Eltra Koliber

1960/61
Koliber MOT-601

Eltra Koliber 2

1963 Koliber 2



Russia:

Atmosphere

1959 Atmosphere

second “mass-production” Russian transistor radio, perhaps 10,000 units
Neva

1960 Neva (Heba)

first Russian shirt pocket transistor radio
Mir

1962 Mir

manufactured in Belarus
Neva 2

1963 Neva 2 #1

Neva 2

1963 Neva 2 #2

Sokol

1963 Sokol

Topaz

1963 Topaz-2

Almaz

1964 Almaz

Alpinist

1964 Alpinist

Orljonok

1967 Orljonok

Electron 2M

1969 Electron 2M

a six-transistor children's kit radio
Sprocket

1972 Звёздочка
("Sprocket")

six-transistor kit radio
Leningrad

"Leningrad"
mystery radio

a home-made radio?


Switzerland:

Minivox RR-34B

c.1961 Minivox RR-34B

second version of the Minivox pocket clock radio


Ukraine:

Planeta

1964 Planeta

Jupiter-M

1967 Jupiter-M


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