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1957 GE P-715

Portable radio, aluminum cabinet
6 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches / 174 x 89 x 38 mm
Six transistors, superheterodyne circuit
Two 1.5-volt AA cells or two rechargeable ni-cad cells
Made by General Electric Corp., USA

The most distinctive thing about this radio is that it has an aluminum cabinet, and because of that it required the ferrite rod antenna to be somehow "outside" the cabinet body. The solution was to provide a cut-out area along the top back edge of the cabinet where the antenna could be housed in plastic (see photo below) — a compact and unobtrusive solution, very different and much less memorable than Motorola's plastic handle solution used in its many aluminum cabinet models!

GE P-715

GE P-715 back, showing the black plastic antenna housing

GE P-715 in leather carry case

two booklets included

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