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1958/59 Emerson 888 Pioneer

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, E025, E026E, E027, E029, 2x E030, E035, E0260), superheterodyne circuit
Four 1.5v "AA" cells
Manufactured by Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corp., New York

The 888 Pioneer shared the same cabinet design as the original 1957 Emerson "888" that had no name attached to it, only the numbers. This 1958/59 radio, however, was named after the pre-NASA-era US Air Force's "Pioneer" rocket program, which failed to successfully launch a Pioneer satellite into orbit on its first four attempts in 1958 and 1959, finally succeeding with Pioneer 5 in March 1960, well after the time that the Emerson 888 Pioneer had been released onto the commercial market.

Emerson 888 Pioneer


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