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1958 Mignon FT-7

Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
4 1/2 x 2 7/8 x 1 1/4 inches / 114 x 73 x 32 mm
Six transistors (TEN transistors: 2x 2NJ5A, 2NJ8A, 2x 2NJ9A, 2NJ9D), one diode (NEC SD46)
Superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Most likely manufactured by Standard Radio Co., Ltd., Japan
Distributed and possibly manufactured by Fuji Kogei Sha, Ltd.?

Same chassis as the 1957 Standard SR-F22 (and the 1957 Hitachi TH-621), but this Mignon has an unquestionably more handsome cabinet design than does the somewhat weird-looking SR-F22 or the somewhat plain-looking TH-621.

Standard most likely built this radio (the back cabinet's outside face is marked as "Standard Radio Co., Ltd."), but the Mignon's distributor (or manufacturer) may have opted to save money by keeping with the original back cabinet mold — it wouldn't have been the first time an OEM had done this. One indicator that things are not quite straightforward here is the black-and-gold speaker badge bearing the script letter "F", or possibly the letters "AF" — what the heck does "F" or "AF" stand for? If it's an "F", it may stand for "Fuji" (as may the "F" in "FT-7"), and if it's an "AF", then I have no idea here. More clues and questions arise when looking at the Mignon II A....

Interestingly, this example uses transistors made by TEN, but the sticker on the inside back cover (see photo below) lists Hitachi transistors and their RCA equivalents (Hitachi transistors were used in most of the Standard SR-F22 models).

1958 Mignon FT-7

1958 Mignon FT-7

inside back cover

Mignon badges— left: Mignon FT-7, right: Mignon II A —
the FT7's badge may be a stylized script for the letter
"F", or both may be stylized script for the letters "AF"?

chassis (click on photo for a larger image)

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