Other Classic 50's Transistor Radios


Here are several of my favorite non-Zenith radios from the 1950's when the little transistor radios were in their haydays.
Each one of these radios is very representative of the late 1950's styling and colors.

Probably my all-time favorite "other brand" radio is this Philco T45-124. It has a beautiful 1950's coral and cream color combination. Also, the cabinet is slightly ovalized with nice patterned gold inlay behind the large tuning knob.

 

The next radio is a Westinghouse model with beautiful styling. The cabinet color is the very popular 50's turquoise color offset with a brushed aluminum trim piece behind the tuning knob. The cabinet features a slightly rounded design with a large attractive 50's style tuning knob. Notice the rocket symbols used as dial start and stop indicators!

 

This GE model has the classic 50's design. It is similar to the Westinghouse above; however, the cabinet features both the 50's turquoise and cream colors. The cabinet front is beautifully styled with the large tuning knob and an elaborate vertical-sloted speaker grill design. The cabinet rear is curved with a design element continuing from stand tabs.

 

Here are two examples of the RCA 9-BT transistor radios that feature the classic mid-fifties styling. The RCA 9-BT followed the RCA 8-BT chassis. The best that I can determine were these radios were brought to market in late 1956. They feature slightly ovalized cabinets which were so prevalent for this vintage. Also, the radio has a large, stylish tuning knob with an airplane propeller type spinner. These radios use a specialty type battery rather than the common penlight cells.

 

Here is the radio that started me on my transistor radio hobby. However, it is not a transistor radio, but a 4 tube RCA portable. The radio stills plays just like new
when I rebuild the "B" battery. This a the RCA B-411 that was manufactured in 1951. The case is made from a beautiful swirled plastic called "Santay". The radio is
in great condition with very few scratches and no chips in the plastic case. It requires 2 batteries, a "D" cell for the filaments and a 67.5V "B" battery for the circuits.


The front has beautiful styling with large, easy to read tuning knob.

Almost a third of the radio is taken up with batteries.

Inside label is just like new. Previous owner(s) did not leave batteries in the set and cause battery corrosion. Batteries back then were so prone to leakage.

Here a nice shot the backside that highlights the beautiful "Santay" swirled plastic.