1959 Crown TR-555
Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
4 1/4 x 2 9/16 x 1 inches / 108 x 65 x 25 mm
Five transistors, superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Asahi Radio Mfg. Co., Ltd., Tokyo
Distributed by Shriro Trading Corp., New York
Crown was best known for its beautiful and sophisticated cabinet designs — the TR-555 seems to have taken a turn into the realm of Toshiba's playland designs and it bests all of them — wild & crazy and still so small and slim, ergonomically perfect, and absolutely gorgeous — in terms of going "over the top" in cabinet design, there aren't all that many other pocket transistor radios that equal this set.