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Radios by Country: --- Europe and USSR --- Japan and Pacific --- North America


US:

1945
Belmont Boulevard

the world's first pocket radio — five subminiature tubes, superhet circuit

1946 Pa-Kette

a crystal radio, maybe the first truly pocket-size radio

1951 Privat-ear

reflex circuit, two subminiature tubes

1953 Emerson 747

the first large-production “pocket” radio? Four subminiature tubes superhet

1954 Regency TR-1

October '54, the world's first commercially-produced transistor radio

1955 Raytheon 8-TP

February 1955, a close second to the Regency TR-1

1955 Bulova 250

the first Bulova was a Regency TR-1

1955 Crosley JM-8

subminiature tube/transistor hybrid

1955 Emerson 838

subminiature tube/transistor hybrid

1955 GE 670 series

first GE transistor radio

1955/56
Raytheon T-100

produced in late 1955, may have continued into 1956

1955/56
Raytheon T-150

produced in late 1955, may have continued into 1956

1955 RCA 7-BT-9J

first RCA transistor radio (possibly second, after the 7-BT-10K)

1955 RCA 7-BT-10K

second RCA transistor radio (possibly first)

1955/1956
Zenith Royal 500

first Zenith transistor radio, (first Zenith 500, chassis 7XT40 series)

1956 Automatic
Tom Thumb TT-600

subminiature tube/transistor hybrid

1956 Emerson 849

first Emerson pocket transistor radio

1956 Motorola 56T1

first Motorola transistor radio

1956/57 Philco
T7-126, T7-128

first Philco transistor radio

1956 RCA 8-BT-8FE

c.1957 Admiral 7M12

first Admiral "pocket" radio

1957 Bulova 620

1957 GE P-715

c.1957 GE P-746B

c.1957
Westinghouse H-612P5

one of the first Westinghouse transistor radios

1957
Westinghouse H-653P6

1957 Zenith Royal
500, second series

chassis 7ZT40 series

1958/59 Emerson
888 series

the original "no-name" 888 came out in 1957

1958 Motorola 6X39A

2-band, LW / MW

1958 Motorola 7X23E

c.1958 Trav-Ler TR-283

1958 Zenith
Royal 1000-D

second version of first transistorized Zenith Trans-Oceanic

1959 Arvin
Silvertone 207

1959/60 Bulova 720

a snazzier version of the '57 Bulova 620 "Comet"

1959 Emerson 555

1959 GM Delco
Oldsmobile
Trans-portable

1959 Olympic 666

(possibly '58?) one of the first US transistor radios to be made in Japan

1959(58?)
Packard Bell

1959 Westinghouse
H-698P7

1959 Zenith Royal
500D

1960 Admiral "Super 7"

1960 Arvin 60R23

1960 Arvin
Silvertone 1201

1960 Arvin
Silvertone 9203

c.1960 Bell "Hit Parade"

1960 Philco T-51

1960 Zenith Royal 50

1961 Arvin 61R13

c.1961 Zenith Royal 50K

1961 Zenith Royal 500H


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