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c.1960 Bell Products "Hit Parade"

Shirt pocket radio, nylon cabinet
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches / 99 x 63 x 29 mm
One transistor, one diode
Two 1.5-volt AA cells
Manufactured by Bell Products, St. Louis, MO

An earphone-only radio. Who else but Bell Products would come up with a one-transistor radio? Both the transistor and the glass diode in my example are unidentifiable. The tuning dial markings ( "1"—"14") correspond to nothing, neither in meters nor kilohertz. But the cabinet plastic is nylon rather than ABS, and that's a nice thing.

I've dated this as c.1960 — might be later, might be earlier — an unverified advertisement (see photo below) for the "Hit Parade" found on the Web is stated to have come from a 1959 comic book.

c.1960 Bell Products Hit Parade

Bell Products "Hit Parade"


c.1960 Bell Products Hit Parade

Bell Products "Hit Parade"


c.1960 Bell Products Hit Parade

back face


c.1960 Bell Products Hit Parade

circa 1959: "HEY KIDS! Conelrad broadcasts! Duck & Cover! Wonderful sound!"


c.1960 Bell Products Hit Parade

chassis — click on photo for a larger image

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