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1960 Grundig Mini Boy 200

Shirt pocket radio with tabletop speaker cabinet
Thermoplastic radio cabinet, thermoplastic speaker cabinet
4 1/8 x 2 9/16 x 1 1/16 inches / 105 x 65 x 27 mm
(speaker cabinet, 9 5/8 x 3 11/16 x 1 3/8 inches / 245 x 94 x 35 mm)
MW, six transistors, superheterodyne circuit
One 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Grundig, West Germany

You tell me, but I think this shirt pocket radio has been too much overlooked, maybe because it's usually tucked inside one of the nicest "speaker box" cabinets ever made, a "Grundig red"-colored plastic cabinet with a metal grille face painted in a very 60s design scheme! And as with its speaker box, the Mini Boy 200 radio itself has a painted metal grille, something pretty uncommon among transistor radios other than for certain Japanese sets, Crowns especially.

Another interesting thing about this radio (see photo below) is that its dial tuning wheel projects out of the back face of the cabinet as well as the front, allowing one's thumb and forefinger to work together in tuning the dial, a real plus when you're attempting to tune in a station on such a tight dial! Grundig's 1961 Solo Boy 201 micro-radio had a similar arrangement, as did East Germany's c.1963 Stern T120 "Mikki".


Grundig Mini Boy 200


Grundig Mini Boy 200


tabletop speaker cabinet


tabletop speaker cabinet


back face, with tuning knob


instruction booklet — click on the image for a larger view and note that it says,
"You are the owner of the smallest of the Grundig "Boy" family" — this would be
superseded in the following year by the Grundig "Solo Boy" 201 micro-radio

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