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circa 1950 Privat-ear

Electronics Systems, Kansas City, MO
6 x 2 x 7/8 inches / 154 x 63.5 x 22 mm
Thermoplastic cabinet
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.

c.1950 Privat-Ear


chassis — click on the photo for a larger image

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