The M31 gallery of... American Classics !

1955 Crosley JM-8 series hybrid
tube / transistor "book" radios:

7"H x 4 1/2"W x 2"D

This is the radio which, according to a May '56 Consumer Reports review, "may appeal to those who would rather be seen carrying a book."

Other "volumes" included "Treasure Island," "As You Like It," "Musical Memories," "Magic Mood," and "The World of Music."

The JM-8 series radio employed three subminiature tubes and two transistors, and it sold for around $50.

The model numbers, colors, and titles:

JM-8BG: "Musical Memories," black leather with gold lettering
JM-8BK: "Enchantment," black leather with gold lettering
JM-8BN: "As You Like It," brown leather
JM-8GM: "Magic Mood," red leather with gold lettering
JM-8GN: "Fantasy," red leather with gold lettering -- may also appear as JM-8MN?
JM-8WE: "Treasure Island," white textured cover with gold lettering
JM-8??: "The World of Music," brown leather with gold lettering

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2007 by Robert Davidson,

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a "Boomerang"
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2 Arvin
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.. Mamma

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Bulova "Super 6"
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Zenith Royal 50
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Motorola's first
..Japanese set

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Futura "earphone
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'57 GE 715

..'64 Time Capsule

..'64 Time Capsule 2...

..'64 Time Capsule 3...

teeny Admiral

Wards Airline

1960 Arvin

teeny Bulova

Bulova watch


two Philco
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RCA shirtpocket