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Austria:

1958
Siemens-Austria WSW
Transetta 581

first Siemens-Austria transistor radio

1959/'60
Kristallwerk Graz
Knirps TS60



Czechoslovakia:

1960 Tesla
T60 (2701B)

first Tesla "pocket" transistor radio

1961 Tesla
Doris (2702B)

1964 Tesla
Zuzana (2710B)

first Tesla shirt pocket transistor radio


France:

1958 Bebe Grammont

1958 Célard Minicapte(?)

1959(?) Phenix
coat pocket / micro-table

1959 Philips France
L1F95T

see Philips Fanette page for overview

1959 Pizon Bros
Translitor 500

c.1959 Pygmy Ultron

1960 Pizon Bros
Translitor Pocket

1960? unidentified
mfr & model

1961(?) Schneider BIP

1962 TED
Saint Germain

1972 Optalix
Saint James Auto S.2



GDR (DDR):

1959 VEB Stern
Sternchen

first GDR all-transistor radio

1961 VEB Stern
T100

c.1963 VEB Stern
T120 "Mikki"

first GDR shirt pocket transistor radio


West Germany:

1957 Telefunken Partner

June? '57

1958 Braun T3

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

1958/59 Grundig
Transistor Boy

1959 Philips Germany L1D90T

see Philips Fanette page for overview

1959 Siemens T1

first "Siemens-Germany" transistor radio

1960 Grundig Mini Boy

1960 Loewe Opta
5900 “Dandy”

1960 Loewe Opta
5910 “Luxy”

c.1961 Braun T23

1961 Grundig Solo Boy

1961(?) Nordmende Mikrobox

1961 Telefunken Partner IV



Great Britain:

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

1958/59 PR 721
Perdio Piccadilly

1958/59 Philips
L1G75/00L

see Philips Fanette page for overview

c.1959 Perdio

1961 Decca
Debonette TP50

6-tr portable

1961 Ekco Vanity

6-tr portable

1962 Dansette RT66

6-tr horizontal shirt pocket radio

1962 Perdio
PR33 "mini 66"



Holland:

1958-59
Philips Fanette

this is the overview page for all Phillips Fanettes

1960
Philips/Norelco
L2X97T/64R

1962/63/64
Philips Nanette
L1W22T

1963 Philips
L0X25T/22G



Hungary:

EMV Tunde 2

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


Italy:

1957 Voxson
Zephyr 725

one of the earliest Italian transistor radios, though probably not the first

1959(?) Voxson
745 Zephyr 2

six transistor MW small portable

1959/60? Geloso
G3300

seven transistor MW portable

1960? Voxson
Magic 750

circa 1960 — one of the first Italian pocket transistor radios

Retzen Cicogna

1962 CGE “Pocket”

six transistor shirt pocket radio

c.1962 “Crwon's”



Latvia:

1960/61 Spidola

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

1961 Gauja

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

1963 Selga



Norway:

c.1960
Radionette Kurer

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


Poland:

1959 Eltra MOT-59

first Polish transistor radio

1960/61
Koliber MOT-601

1963 Koliber 2



Russia:

1959 Atmosphere

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

1960 Neva (Heba)

first Russian shirt pocket transistor radio

1962 Mir

manufactured in Belarus

1963 Neva 2 #1

1963 Neva 2 #2

1963 Sokol

1963 Topaz-2

1964 Almaz

1964 Alpinist

1967 Orljonok

1969 Electron 2M

a six-transistor children's kit radio

1972 Звёздочка
("Sprocket")

six-transistor kit radio

"Leningrad"
mystery radio

a home-made radio?


Switzerland:

c.1961 Minivox RR-34B

second version of the Minivox pocket clock radio


Ukraine:

1964 Planeta

1967 Jupiter-M


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