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1959 Philips 225

Micro-table / coat pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
6 5/8 x 3 1/2 x 1 3/8 inches / 168 x 89 x 35 mm
MW, seven transistors (Philips, OC44, 2x OC45, OC71, OC75, two unidentified)
Superheterodyne circuit, hand-wired chassis
Four 1.5v AA cells
Manufactured by Philips Corp. Australia

This radio came to me from an antiques dealer in the Australian province of Tasmania. The licensing tag on the inside back cover of the set (see the photo below) indicates this radio was assembled or manufactured in Australia (Philips did have at least one manufacturing/assembly plant in Australia at the time).

The burgundy-colored cabinet of this set can be found on "Fanettes" manufactured in several other countries. Note that the tuning dial is calibrated both in frequency and meters, something also found on several other of these Philips models.

An OC71 (S5 ZD, black Euro) and an OC75 (black Euro) are mounted on the underside of the circuit board. One OC44 (Z2 ZD, black Euro) and two OC45 (R2 ZD, black Euro) transistors, as well as two unidentified shielded aluminum can transistors buried under wiring, are mounted on the top side of the circuit board.

Philips 225

Philips 225

licensing label

chassis underside — click on the photo for a larger image

chassis — click on the photo for a larger image

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