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1958/59 Emerson 888 Explorer

Small portable / large coat pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
6 5/8 x 4 1/16 x 2 1/16 inches / 168 x 103 x 52 mm
Eight transistors (Emerson, E048, E051A, E052, E053, E055, E056, 2x E057), superheterodyne circuit
Four 1.5v "AA" cells
Manufactured by Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corp., New York

The Explorer had a tuning dial completely different from the other 888s, and this required a large aluminum plate anchored to the chassis — see chassis photo below.

This Emerson 888 Explorer was named after the first US satellite to be successfully launched into orbit, by the pre-NASA US Army Ballistic Missile Agency, on January 31, 1958.

Emerson 888 Explorer


chassis — click on the photo for a larger image

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