circa 1950 Privat-ear
Electronics Systems, Kansas City, MO
6 x 2 ½ x 7/8 inches / 154 x 63.5 x 22 mm
Two subminiature tubes, reflex circuit
Two AA cells, one 22.5 volt battery
A very early subminiature tube radio, and one of the most "undesigned" pocket radio cabinet designs ever conceived. Nonetheless it's an important and historical radio, one of only a handful of subminiature tube pocket radios produced before Regency brought out its TR-1 pocket transistor radio in 1954.
James Butters has spent a great deal of time researching the Privat-ear's history and has produced a superb and highly-detailed web page about it, PRIVAT-EAR. His article in the Summer 2013 AWA Journal about the Privat-ear truly is fascinating reading.