The M31 gallery of... American Classics !

1959 GM Delco Oldsmobile transistor auto transportable:

3 3/4"H x 6 7/8"W x 1 3/4"D

The prettiest of several "transportables" --

A "transportable" radio was a transistor radio which belonged first & foremost underneath your car's dashboard -- but it was removable, portable, transportable -- you could take it on a picnic or to the beach if you wanted to, or place it on your desk or nightstand...

There were a half-dozen transportables, all apparently made for 1958 and '59 model Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs: this Olds radio is gorgeous for its having a completely chromed face, very "hep"!

Image from a January '59 article in RADIO & TV NEWS on the Delco transportables

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2007 by Robert Davidson,

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American Classics
..Front Page

Beginning at
.. the beginning...

The first "decent"
.. transistor radio?

The most
.. popular one?

2 Tom Thumbs
Bookish Crosley
Emerson hybrid,
.. Emerson submin

the first 2 RCAs
2 Philco T-7s
Motorola 56T1
Emerson 849
.. gets no respect...

Raytheon T-100
a chrome monster
Emerson 555
A pair of RCA
.. primitives

.. Jet-Wing

A Westinghouse
.. Micro-table

2 Silvertone
.. primitives

Philco T-51
2 Admirals
West. "Bowtie"
The Late Great
.. Emerson 888s...

GE can't get
.. no respect...

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