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Timeline of pocket/transistor radios: -- 1945—1958 -- 1959—1967

This timeline includes not only transistor radios but also a number of crystal and subminiature tube radios that were relevant to the early years of transistor radio production, especially pocket-sized radios.

Please consider this as an "approximate" and incomplete timeline: Many of the radios here have well-documented production dates, and some do not — I've done the best I can here with what information I've been able to find on the questionable dates, but please email me if you have something concrete to add — I regularly update this page as I come across new information.

Any radio with a black-and-white thumbnail image below indicates that the radio isn't found on this site and it's on this page only to fill out this timeline.

Likewise, not all the radios on this site are included in this timeline — only those which I consider to have some commercial or historical interest. For a complete photo-list of the radios that are on this site, please see Radios by Country.


1959:

VEB Stern Sternchen transistor radio

DDR (GDR):
VEB Stern Sternchen

first DDR all-transistor radio
Bang & Olufsen Beolit 562 transistor radio

DENMARK:
Bang & Olufsen
Beolit 562

first B&O transistor radio — and first Danish transistor radio?
EMV Tunde 2 transistor radio

HUNGARY:
EMV Tunde 2 (1960?)

second version of Hungary's first transistor radio
Continental TR-100 transistor radio

JAPAN: Continental
TR-100 ('58?)

Crown TR-7S (TR-777) transistor radio

JAPAN: Crown TR-7S (TR-777)

Crown TR-800 transistor radio

JAPAN: Crown TR-800

Crown TR-911 transistor radio

JAPAN: Crown TR-911

Crown TR-999 transistor radio

JAPAN: Crown TR-999

National AB-235 transistor radio

JAPAN: National AB-235

NEC NT-61 transistor radio

JAPAN: NEC NT-61

circa 1959 — may be 1958

US (JAPAN):
Olympic 666

(possibly '58?) one of the first US transistor radios to have been made in Japan
Sony TR-86 transistor radio

JAPAN: Sony TR-86

Standard SR-D210 transistor radio

JAPAN: Standard SR-D210

Tokai Motorola X11 transistor radio

JAPAN: Tokai
Motorola X11

first Motorola transistor radio manufactured in Japan
Toshiba 6TP-304 transistor radio

JAPAN: Toshiba 6TP-304

Toshiba 6TP-309 transistor radio

JAPAN: Toshiba 6TP-309

Eltra MOT-59 transistor radio

POLAND: Eltra MOT-59

first Polish transistor radio
Atmosphere transistor radio

RUSSIA: Atmosphere

second “mass-production” Russian transistor radio, perhaps 10,000 units
Siemens T1 transistor radio

WEST GERMANY:
Siemens T1

first "Siemens-Germany" transistor radio
Zenith Royal 500D transistor radio

US: Zenith Royal 500D


1960:

Tesla T60 (2701B) transistor radio

CZECHOSLOVAKIA:
Tesla T60 (2701B)

first Tesla "pocket" transistor radio
Voxon Magic 750 transistor radio

ITALY:
Voxon Magic 750

circa 1960 — one of the first Italian pocket transistor radios
Global GR-711 transistor radio

JAPAN: Global GR-711

Sony TR-620 transistor radio

JAPAN: Sony TR-620

Toshiba 8TP-90 transistor radio

JAPAN:
Toshiba 8TP-90

Spidola multi-band portable transistor radio

LATVIA: Spidola, 1960/61

first Soviet multi-band transistor radio and first Soviet export transistor radio
Koliber MOT-601 transistor radio

POLAND: Koliber MOT-601

manufactured in 1960 and 1961
Neva (Heba) transistor radio

RUSSIA: Neva (Heba)

first Russian shirt pocket transistor radio
Loewe Opta 5910 Luxy transistor radio

WEST GERMANY:
Loewe Opta
5910 "Luxy"


1961:

Tesla Doris 2702B transistor radio

CZECHOSLOVAKIA:
Tesla Doris (2702B)

VEB Stern T100 transistor radio

DDR (GDR):
VEB Stern T100

Schneider BIP transistor radio

FRANCE:
Schneider BIP (1961?)

Decca Debonette TP50 transistor radio

Great Britain: Decca
Debonette TP50

Geloso G3303 Polaris transistor radio

ITALY:
Geloso G3303 Polaris

Gauja transistor radio

LATVIA: Gauja

first Soviet "pocket" (coatpocket) transistor radio made both for the domestic market and for export
Zenith Royal 500H transistor radio

US: Zenith Royal 500H


1962:

TED Saint Germain transistor radio

FRANCE:
TED Saint Germain

France's most iconic transistor radio
Mir transistor radio

RUSSIA: Mir

Dansette RT66 transistor radio

UK: Dansette RT66

one of a very few shirt pocket transistor radios made in Great Britain in the early '60s
Perdio PR33 mini 66 transistor radio

UK: Perdio PR33
"mini 66"

one of a very few shirt pocket transistor radios made in Great Britain in the early '60s
Bled de luxe transistor radio

YUGOSLAVIA:
Bled de luxe

first Yugoslav transistor radio, Iskra-Kranj Factory, Slovenia

1963:

Stern T120 Mikki transistor radio

DDR (GDR): VEB
Stern T120 "Mikki"

c.1963, first DDR shirt pocket transistor radio
Neva 2 transistor radio

RUSSIA: Neva 2 #1

Neva 2 transistor radio

RUSSIA: Neva 2 #2

Selga transistor radio

RUSSIA: Selga

Sokol transistor radio

RUSSIA: Sokol

Topaz-2 transistor radio

RUSSIA: Topaz-2


1964:

Tesla Zuzana 2710B transistor radio

CZECHOSLOVAKIA:
Tesla Zuzana
(2710B)

first Tesla shirt pocket transistor radio
Alpinist transistor radio

RUSSIA: Alpinist

Planeta transistor radio

UKRAINE: Planeta


1967:

Jupiter-M transistor radio

UKRAINE: Jupiter-M

Orljonok transistor radio

RUSSIA: Orljonok


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