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1960 Harpers GK-631

Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
4 1/2 x 2 9/16 x 1 1/4 inches / 114 x 65 x 32 mm
Six transistors (Hitachi), superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Crown/Asahi Musen?
Distributed by Harpers International, Inc., New York

What a gorgeous radio, a great example of reverse-painted plastic cabinet design.

While I've always felt that only Crown (Asahi Musen) could have made a radio as gorgeous as this GK-631, I've never had any proof. And I still don't — but the number stamp 150560 shown below does add something to the notion. It fits the production date numbering scheme used exclusively by Asahi Musen on most of its c.1959/60 models, both for it Crown models and its suspected OEM models. That would make the assembly date for this example May 15, 1960. Please see my Crown production date codes page.

Harpers GK-631

Harpers GK-631

inside back

chassis — click on the photo for a larger image

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