The M31 gallery of... American Classics !

1955 Motorola 56T1:

3 1/2"H x 5 1/2"W x 1 1/2"D excluding antenna handle

Motorola's first transistor radio, and the smallest of its "antenna handle" coatpocket radios... All these sets have a metal cabinet -- so where does the ferrite rod antenna go?

GE solved this problem on its own metal-cabinet radio, the extruded aluminum P760 series models, by placing the ferrite rod in a discreet and unassuming black plastic housing cut into the top back of the radio's cabinet -- you hardly even notice it's there.

Motorola's solution was much more in-your-face in appearance than was GE's -- nearly bordering on the ridiculous -- and also much more memorable... The antenna was housed inside a plastic "carrying handle" many times bulkier than a simple brass wire handle such as what the Zenith Royal 500 or Emerson 888 employed. In terms of actual fat content, Motorola's "Weatherama" handle, pictured on these pages, wins the prize hands-down: The cubic volume of the handle alone exceeds the entire cabinet volume of many of the smaller Japanese pocket transistor radios.

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2007 by Robert Davidson,

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Beginning at
.. the beginning...

The first "serious"
.. 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