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1956 Raytheon T-100:

3 3/8"H x 6 3/8"W x 2"D

Raytheon Corporation was in the transistor radio business for one single year, knowing that the real money is where the missiles are.

During that one-year period covering 1955-1956, Raytheon produced five transistor radio models: the 8TP, described in detail on another page here; the T-100 above; the T-101; the T-150, a slight variation on the T-100 in cabinet & chassis design; and a gross looking, leather covered thing the size of a small suitcase called the T-2500.

The T-100 is notable for being Raytheon's first plastic transistor, and it's a very popular set among transistor collectors. (As a personal note, I will admit here that I paid more for the T-100 shown above than I did for any other transistor in my collection -- although what that really means is that I didn't get as lucky on this set as I did on so many others...) In terms of marketing, it's interesting to note that this radio employs a total of 4 transistors. Raytheon's earlier and first transistor radio, the lunchbox-sized 8TP series by contrast, used eight transistors in its chassis to make it the first good-performing transistor radio and blowing the pants off the Regency TR-1, a four-transistor radio...

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2007 by Robert Davidson,

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Raytheon T-100
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3 Silvertone
.. shirtpockets

3 Philco
.. shirtpockets

a "Boomerang"
.. by Bulova

2 Arvin
.. shirtpockets

.. Mamma

.. "Super Seven"

2 Silvertone
.. coatpockets

Bulova "Super 6"
.. small beauty


2 Silvertone

Zenith Royal 50
..shtpkt series

Motorola's first
..Japanese set

two Motorola

Futura "earphone
.. only" shtpkt


'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
..Japanese shtpkts

RCA shirtpocket