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1960 Yaou -----

Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
4 1/16 x 2 5/8 x 1 1/4 inches / 103 x 67 x 32 mm
Six transistors (TEN, 2SA30, 2x 2SA31, 2SB32, 2x 2SB33), superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Yaou Electric Co. Ltd., Japan

No model number known for this radio. Another small pocket radio from Yaou that, like the the 1959 Yaou 6G-908, does a whole lot with a plastic-only cabinet — the full-face white grille is framed and accented by the black front half of the cabinet, and for better or worse the back half of the cabinet is a pale pink. The reverse-painted dial area is a bit strange and seems to make about as much sense as the back half of the cabinet being pink. Michael Jack's photo caption sums it up really well: "This Yaou radio exhibits several design elements. At first glance they don't all harmonize well with each other but the more you look at it the more you like it."

(In July 2016 collector Jan Smith from the Netherlands shared some photos of his Yaou/General produced in 1961 — same radio all around, including a pink back half, but here the badge on the grille reads "GENERAL" rather than "YAOU" — see photo below. Yaou used the "General" name on sets ranging from its first several transistor radios up through radios manufactured in the early 1960s.)


1960 Yaou


1960 Yaou


inside back label — yes, the back cabinet half is PINK


chassis — click on the photo for a larger image


a later version with a "GENERAL" badge, photos courtesy Jan Smith

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