A black Regency transistor radio

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

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 moving due to interference from the engine an...


Transistor radio, plastic / metal, made by Regency Division IDEA Inc, Indianapolis, United States of America, 1955-1964

Regency transistor radio is of a plastic black colour with a gold circular tuning dial with frequency numbers. The front has square plastic holes covering mesh and speaker. There is an ON/OFF volume knob and the back comes apart to reveal the transistor circuitry. There is an earphone socket on the side.


127 mm
74 mm
33 mm


Regency Div. I.D.E.A. Inc. 1951-1961

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A black Regency transistor radio 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2017, <https://ma.as/243729>
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