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1972 Optalix St. James Auto S.2

Pocketbook radio, leather-over-plastic cabinet
7 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 2 3/8 inches / 180 x 95 x 60 mm
2-band MW/LW, six transistors, superheterodyne circuit
Two large 4.5-volt batteries
Manufactured by Optalix; Amiens, France

From 1972, this is the most recently-produced radio on this site — it's so unique and pretty that I just couldn't NOT put it on this site! It has the somewhat typical leather-over-plastic "pocketbook" cabinet design that was so popular with French transistor radio manufacturers, especially TED / Optalix, the first of these being the classic TED St. Germain from 1962. This set has a pretty stunning reverse-painted tuning area mirrored by a unique overlapping plastic speaker grille design.

Like many European MW/LW radios, this set's MW band is calibrated in meters and the LW band displays the few LW broadcasters by name. Radios made in France designate their bands as "PO" (Petites ondes) and "GO" (Grandes ondes) — "PO" is MW, and "GO" is LW.

1972 Optalix St. James Auto S.2

inside the pocketbook

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