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2002/140/1 Transistor radio, Toshiba 6TR-127, metal / plastic / leather / electronic components, designed and made by Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co. Ltd, Kawasaki, Japan, 1957. Click to enlarge.

Toshiba transistor radio

Made by Tokyo Shibaura Electric Company in Kawasaki, Japan, 1957.

This is the first transistor radio designed and manufactured by the Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co. Ltd. (Toshiba) of Japan. In the following decades Japanese corporations developed a formidable reputation for the production of well-designed and cheap electronic consumer products.

This particular radio was a gift from the donor’s father who was based in Jakarta (Qantas area manager) at the time. This was fortuitous as this model transistor radio was only available to the domestic market and very fe...

Summary

Object No.

2002/140/1

Object Statement

Transistor radio, Toshiba 6TR-127, metal / plastic / leather / electronic components, designed and made by Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co. Ltd, Kawasaki, Japan, 1957

Physical Description

Transistor radio, Toshiba 6TR-127, metal / plastic / leather / electronic components, designed and made by Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co. Ltd, Kawasaki, Japan, 1957

Portable transistor radio with green leather covered masonite case and matching handle with metal buckle. A circular speaker is mounted on the face with a metal grille. The Toshiba badge in is the middle of grille. A switch to the lower right front is marked for three positions/functions - OFF HI LOW. Two wheel controls for volume and tuning are located at either end of the tuning dial on the top. The radio stands on four metal studs. The back opens up to reveal the interior workings of the radio.

Marks

Inside rear cover stamped in the leather, in black 'Toshiba / SD-70518 / 90876-1'

Paper label inside rear cover with a diagram of details of the transistor layout and '(Japanese characters) / Toshiba / MODEL 6TR-127 / TRANSISTOR SIX / BATTERY OPERATED SUPERHETERODYNE / FREQ RANGE 540 - 1600KC / BATTERY UM-2 1.5v . . .X4 / TOKYO SHIBAURA ELECTRIC CO. LTD / KAWASAKI JAPAN / 90886'

Dimensions

Height

260 mm

Width

270 mm

Depth

65 mm

Production

Notes

The radio was designed by the Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co., Ltd., Kawasaki, Japan, 1957, and manufactured by the Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co., Ltd., Kawasaki, Japan, 1957.

History

Notes

The radio was used by the donor's father as a gift to the donor after it was purchased new around 1957 and used by the donor from 1957 until the late 1970s. The donor's father was based in Jakarta at the time. This model transistor was only available to the domestic market and very few examples exist outside of Japan.

Used

Jakarta, Indonesia 1957-1980

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr Peter Alexander, 2002

Acquisition Date

23 October 2002

Cite this Object

Harvard

Toshiba transistor radio 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 June 2019, <https://ma.as/11208>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/11208 |title=Toshiba transistor radio |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=25 June 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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