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1955 Emerson 838 hybrid

Small portable radio, thermoplastic cabinet
6 1/8 x 3 x 1 3/8 inches / 156 x 89 x 35 mm
Three subminiature tubes (1AH4?(hidden deep), 1AJ5, 1V6), two transistors (Emerson, 2x 815003), superheterodyne circuit
One 45-volt "B" battery, one 4-volt "A" battery
Manufactured by Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corp., New York

Same housing in general as the 1953 four subminiature tube Emerson 747 — its 1AG4 audio tube was replaced here with two AF transistors, thus the somewhat opportunistic "TRANSISTOR POCKET RADIO" designation on the 838's cabinet's face.

1955 Emerson 838 hybrid

1955 Emerson 838 hybrid


1955 Emerson 838 hybrid

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1955 Emerson 838 hybrid

Advertisement in a June 1955 issue of the New Yorker by
the world-famous Fifth Avenue luggage retailer, Mark Cross

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