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1958 Continental TR-150

Small coat pocket radio, thermosetting plastic cabinet
5 1/2 x 2 15/16 x 1 7/16 inches / 140 x 75 x 37 mm
Four transistors (RCA, 2N405, 2N407, 2N409, 2N411), one diode (NEC SD46)
Superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Distributed by Continental Merchandise Co. Inc., New York
Manufactured by ???

An early Continental transistor radio, with a thermosetting plastic cabinet, plastic speaker grille, and a fairly unique tuning dial.

Most Continentals were made by Sharp — this TR-150 appears to have nothing Sharp in its guts. It uses RCA transistors and an NEC diode, and the speaker and tuning capacitor have no markings on them.

1958 Continental TR-150


1958 Continental TR-150


inside back


chassis (click on photo for a larger image)


photocopy of an undated Continental brochure —
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