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1959 Siemens T1

Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
4 7/8 x 3 5/16 x 1 5/8 inches / 124 x 84 x 41 mm
MW radio, six transistors (Siemens, OC44, 2x OC45, 3x TF65), superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Siemens, Germany

Siemens's first transistor radio. (Siemens-Austria (WSW), which produced the Transetta in 1958, was a separate company from Germany's Siemens Corporation.)

Nicknamed the "soap dish" (as in a travel soap dish) for obvious reasons, this is certainly one of the more stylish Western European pocket radios of its time.


Siemens T1

1959 Siemens T1


Siemens T1

1959 Siemens T1


Siemens T1

chassis photo 1 — click on photo for a larger image


Siemens T1

chassis photo 2 — click on photo for a larger image

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