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US:

Belmont Boulevard

1945
Belmont Boulevard

the world's first pocket radio — five subminiature tubes, superhet circuit
PaKette

1946 Pa-Kette

a crystal radio, maybe the first truly pocket-size radio
Privat-Ear

1951 Privat-ear

reflex circuit, two subminiature tubes
Emerson 747

1953 Emerson 747

the first large-production “pocket” radio? Four subminiature tubes superhet
Regency TR-1

1954 Regency TR-1

October '54, the world's first commercially-produced transistor radio
Raytheon 8-TP

1955 Raytheon 8-TP

February 1955, a close second to the Regency TR-1
Bulova 250

1955 Bulova 250

the first Bulova was a Regency TR-1
Crosley JM-8

1955 Crosley JM-8

subminiature tube/transistor hybrid
Emerson 838

1955 Emerson 838

subminiature tube/transistor hybrid
GE 677

1955 GE 670 series

first GE transistor radio
Raytheon T-100

1955/56
Raytheon T-100

produced in late 1955, may have continued into 1956
Raytheon T-150

1955/56
Raytheon T-150

produced in late 1955, may have continued into 1956
RCA 7-BT-9J

1955 RCA 7-BT-9J

first RCA transistor radio (possibly second, after the 7-BT-10K)
RCA 7-BT-10K

1955 RCA 7-BT-10K

second RCA transistor radio (possibly first)
Zenith Royal 500

1955/1956
Zenith Royal 500

first Zenith transistor radio, (first Zenith 500, chassis 7XT40 series)
Automatic Tom Thumb TT-600

1956 Automatic
Tom Thumb TT-600

subminiature tube/transistor hybrid
Emerson 849

1956 Emerson 849

first Emerson pocket transistor radio
Motorola 56T1

1956 Motorola 56T1

first Motorola transistor radio
Philco T7

1956/57 Philco
T7-126, T7-128

first Philco transistor radio
RCA 8BT

1956 RCA 8-BT-8FE

Admiral 7M12

c.1957 Admiral 7M12

first Admiral "pocket" radio
Bulova 620

1957 Bulova 620

GE 715

1957 GE P-715

GE 746

c.1957 GE P-746B

Westinghouse H61

c.1957
Westinghouse H-612P5

one of the first Westinghouse transistor radios
Westinghouse H65

1957
Westinghouse H-653P6

Zenith 500

1957 Zenith Royal
500, second series

chassis 7ZT40 series
Emerson 888

1958/59 Emerson
888 series

the original "no-name" 888 came out in 1957
Motorola 6X39A

1958 Motorola 6X39A

2-band, LW / MW
Motorola 7X23E

1958 Motorola 7X23E

Travler 283

c.1958 Trav-Ler TR-283

Zenith Royal 1000D

1958 Zenith
Royal 1000-D

second version of first transistorized Zenith Trans-Oceanic
Silvertone 207

1959 Arvin
Silvertone 207

Bulova 720

1959/60 Bulova 720

a snazzier version of the '57 Bulova 620 "Comet"
Emerson 555

1959 Emerson 555

GM Delco

1959 GM Delco
Oldsmobile
Trans-portable

Olympic 666

1959 Olympic 666

(possibly '58?) one of the first US transistor radios to be made in Japan
Packard Bell

1959(58?)
Packard Bell

Westinghouse H-698P7

1959 Westinghouse
H-698P7

Zenith Royal 500D

1959 Zenith Royal
500D

Admiral Super 7

1960 Admiral "Super 7"

Arvin 60R23

1960 Arvin 60R23

Arvin Silvertone 1201

1960 Arvin
Silvertone 1201

Arvin Silvertone 9203

1960 Arvin
Silvertone 9203

Bell Hit Parade

c.1960 Bell "Hit Parade"

Philco T51

1960 Philco T-51

Zenith Royal 50

1960 Zenith Royal 50

Arvin 61R13

1961 Arvin 61R13

Zenith Royal 50K

c.1961 Zenith Royal 50K

Zenith Royal 500H

1961 Zenith Royal 500H


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