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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 ("gold"-anodized), 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, yet much less memorable than Motorola's bulky plastic antenna-handles used on 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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