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c.1959 Mignon II A

Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches / 99 x 64 x 29 mm
Six transistors (Hitachi), superheterodyne circuit
Manufactured by Fuji Kogei Sha, Ltd. (or Fuji Kogeisha, Ltd.?), Japan, presumably under license by Standard Radio Co., Ltd., Japan

Also found as the Standard SR-F211 and Jefferson-Travis JT-F211 — the SR-F211 was of course the original model and Standard the original manufacturer, and this Mignon II A and the Jefferson-Travis JT-F211 were OEM products.

The manufacturer's name of this Mignon is stamped on the outside back face of the radio's cabinet: "FUJI KOGEI SHA LTD.". At first glance, the black-and-gold badge on the speaker grille looks to be a script M, as in "Mignon" — but when you look more closely, you'll see that it actually is two letters: AF — this "AF" also appears on all four sides of the Mignon's display box (see photo below), and there the letters are unmistakable as standard capitals. Compare & contrast this with the script "F" (or possibly "AF"?) found on the speaker grille's badge of the Mignon FT-7 (see photo below) which was most likely made by Standard but distributed by some company other than Standard, possibly Fuji Kogei Sha, Ltd. (Fuji Kogeisha, Ltd.?) While "F" could likely stand for "Fuji", I have no idea what "AF" stands for! Got any ideas or info here?

Mignon II A

Mignon II A

Mignon II A

Mignon II A

Mignon II A

inside back

Mignon II A box

Mignon II A box featuring the puzzling "AF"
letters found on all four sides of the box

Mignon II A badge

Mignon badges— left: Mignon FT-7, right: Mignon II A —
the FT7's badge may be a stylized script for the letter
"F", or both may be stylized script for the letters "AF"

Mignon II A chassis

chassis — click on the photo for a larger image

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