The 'Handie Talkie' radio was built by the donor from designs and parts supplied through the 'Radio & Hobbies' journal (October 1947, Vol.9 No.7). The donor was fond of this particular radio and his recollections regarding it were handwritten on the reverse of a photograph of the radio. The notes detail his expertise and fondness for the radio:
'This little radio has a long history. I built it long before the advent of transistors. It was a Radio & Hobbies project. I altered the design several times, took it on holidays to Lake Burrill and else where. When transistors became available I used it as a test bed for many circuits. I learnt a lot. I forgot the present status of its works, but I have an affection for it.'
The radio, photograph with notes on reverse, circuit diagrams and the original Radio and Hobbies journal together tell a powerful story about the radio, its creation, its use and its meaning to the donor.
Campbell Bickerstaff, 2007