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1959 ('58?) Continental TR-100

Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
4 1/4 x 2 5/8 x 1 3/8 inches / 108 x 67 x 35 mm
Four transistors (TEN: 2S30, 2S31, 2x 2S33, + TEN 1NA1G(?) diode), superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Distributed by Continental Merchandise Co. Inc., New York
Manufactured by Sharp (Hayakawa Electric Co.Ltd.) Transistors made by TEN

Several sources tag this as a 1959 radio, but it may have been first produced in 1958.

The example shown here has a pale blue face with a deep blue / pale blue underpainted tuning area and a deep blue cabinet back. Other color combinations included a white face with a black tuning area and cabinet back, and a red face with a beige tuning area and cabinet back. The Continental TR-100 in any color is one of my very favorite transistor radios.

1959 ('58?) Continental TR-100

1959 ('58?) Continental TR-100

inside back

chassis (click on photo for a larger image)

photocopy of an undated Continental brochure displaying radio models made between
1958 and 1960 by several different manufacturers for Continental Merchandise Co.
— click on the graphic for a larger image

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