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1958 Hitachi TH-667

Portable radio, thermoplastic cabinet
6 5/8 x 4 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches / 168 x 108 x 45 mm
Six transistors (Hitachi, HJ-15, 2x HJ-17D, 2x HJ-22D, HJ-23D), one diode (1N34A), superheterodyne circuit
Four 1.5-volt cells
Manufactured by Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo

One of the earliest Japanese transistor portable radios exported to the US, a very pretty set with a fairly fragile reverse-painted dial area that hasn't done well over the years in most examples found today. One of the things that makes this set so "pretty" is its three cabinet color choices, designated in the Hitachi brochure shown below as, "Pale Pink", "Light Blue", and "Light Green".

(By the way: is a Hitachi TH-667 the "Lolita" radio seen in Stanley Kubrick's film? No — the radio on Dolores Hayes's blanket in that scene in the film was a Zenith Royal 500.)

Hitachi TH-667

internal document price sheet from a "Top-Line" Hitachi distributor

page from an eight-page Hitachi color brochure

page from an eight-page Hitachi color brochure

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