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1962 TED St. Germain

Pocketbook radio, leather-over-plastic cabinet
6 1/4 x 3 7/8 x 1 inches / 159 x 99 x 25 mm
2-band MW/LW, six transistors, superheterodyne circuit
One 9-volt battery
Manufactured by TED (Technique et Décoration); Amiens

The transistor radio most loved by the French people in its day, and it's still highly sought after by collectors in France today — made by TED (Technique et Décoration), later known as Optalix.

Many years later (1976!) the St. Germain was reincarnated by the then-named Optalix corporation, looking very similar to the original but with a metal speaker grille, a 6-volt circuit, and silicon transistors rather than germanium.

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


1962 TED St. Germain


inside the pocketbook — note the glossy white plastic inside body on
both halves of the cabinet and also the inside holder for the carry strap

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