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c.1960 Realtone TR-801 "Electra"

Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
4 x 2 1/2 x 1 3/16 inches / 102 x 64 x 30 mm
Six transistors (NEC), 1 thermistor, 1 diode
Superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Distributed by Realtone Electronics, New York

There's a soft spot in my heart for pocket Realtones: they all owe so much in their design to Sony's 1958 TR-610 — two other Realtone models are shown below. I'm designating this TR-801 as "circa 1960", but it may have been made in 1959.

Realtone TR-801 "Electra"


Realtone TR-801 "Electra"


Top: Realtone TR-861, TR-555 "Galaxy",
Bottom: two versions of the TR-801


TR-801 chassis — click on photo for a larger image

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