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1958/59 Emerson 888 Vanguard

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), superheterodyne circuit
Four 1.5v "AA" cells
Manufactured by Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corp., New York

Surely one of the strangest radio cabinet designs ever conceived — are those two long-stemmed bulbs encirculating the tuning dial and volume dial supposed to be mushroom clouds? Named after the pre-NASA-era US Navy's Vanguard 1 rocket and its accompanying satellite, successfully launched into orbit in March 1958.

Emerson 888 Vanguard


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