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circa 1959 Voss 6-transistor

Shirt pocket radio, thermosetting plastic cabinet
4 3/16 x 2 1/2 x 1 7/16 inches / 106 x 64 x 37 mm
Six transistors (TEN, 2S30, 2x 2S31, 2x 2S32, 2S33), superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured by ???

The cabinet is made of thermosetting plastic, something rarely used in transistor radio cabinets after 1959, and the tuning capacitor is open-air, pretty unusual among Japanese shirt pocket radios — as early as 1957, both the Sony TR-63 and Hitachi TH-621 had made use of plastic-encapsulated tuning caps. And both the manufacturer and the distributor of this radio remain a mystery — the TEN transistors are made by Kobe Kogyo, but that doesn't give much indication of who made this "Voss".

Voss 6-trasistor

Voss 6-trasistor

chassis — click on photo for a larger image

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