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c.1959 Coronado RA50-9907

Portable radio, thermosetting plastic cabinet
7 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches / 181 x 121 x 63 mm
2-band MW/SW, eight transistors (Toshiba, 2S49, 2S53, 2x 2S54, 2x 2S56, 2S92A, 2S93A)
Superheterodyne circuit
Six 1.5-volt AA cells
Manufactured by Sharp (Hayakawa Electric Co. Ltd., Japan)

aka Sharp TR-203, this set's components were made in 1959, but I have a feeling that this model first may have been produced in 1958 — just a hunch...

Two very nice things about this radio are its lavender-colored cabinet made of that old-fashioned thermosetting plastic and its dark-green painted speaker grille which unfortunately appears nearly black in these photos.

Coronado RA50-9907

Coronado RA50-9907

inside back

chassis (click on photo for a larger image)

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