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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


chassis — click on the photo for a larger image


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

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