Red Regency plastic transistor radio

Made by Regency Div. I.D.E.A. Inc. in Indianapolis, United States of America, 1951-1961.

Regency shirt-pocket transistor radio

Up until the 1920s most commercially made radios were imported into Australia but after this date increasing numbers were manufactured locally. All of these were battery-operated until the introduction of mains-operation in1928 while the number of broadcast transmitters increased from eight in 1924 to 31 by 1930.

Some of the first truly compact radios produced in Australia at this time were to be found in cars but they were virtually unusable while movin...


Regency transistor radio housed in a red coloured plastic unit with a gold circular tuning dial with frequency numbers at the top. Underneath the tuning dial are square plastic holes covering mesh and the speaker. There is an ON/OFF volume knob at the top and the back comes apart to reveal the transistor circuitry. An earphone socket on the side.


127 mm
76 mm
34 mm


Designed and made by Regency Division IDEA Inc, Indianapolis, United States of America, 1954-1958.
Regency Div. I.D.E.A. Inc. 1951-1961

Cite this Object

Red Regency plastic transistor radio 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 November 2017, <>
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This object is currently on display in Interface at the Powerhouse Museum.
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