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c.1959 Jefferson-Travis JT-H204

Coat pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
5 1/2 x 3 11/16 x 1 3/8 inches / 140 x 94 x 35 mm
Eight transistors (TEN), superheterodyne circuit
Four 1.5v AA cells
Most likely manufactured by Standard Radio Co., Ltd., Japan
Distributed and possibly manufactured by Jefferson-Travis, USA

The original Standard Radio version of this model was the SR-H204, and this JT-H204 model may well have been produced and distributed at a later date. This example has a National electrolytic cap with a date stamp of 910 03, or "October 3, 1959", suggesting that this unit was most likely produced in late 1959 or early 1960.

As with this example, many of these units show corrosion damage to parts of the reverse-painting, often on the bottom area below the speaker grille.

In terms of cabinet design, the uninspired volume and tuning knobs pretty much kill the overall effect of severe reverse-painted plastic gone wild as evidenced here in the two photos below displaying the "ALL TRANSISTOR" marking as a double image, indicating just how deep the reverse plastic went there. And the reverse-painted plastic didn't stop there — it covered the entire face of the radio's cabinet other than for the speaker grille. Some other transistor radios that covered the entire cabinet face with reverse-painted plastic are the 1959 US coat pocket Emerson 555, the c.1959 Kobe Kogyo KT-63 shirt pocket radio, the c.1961 shirt pocket Daylite TN-603, and the c.1962 6-transistor Japanese shirt pocket "Top Notch".

Jefferson-Travis JT-H204

Jefferson-Travis JT-H204

inside back

chassis — click on the photo for a larger image

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