Thursday, July 15, 2010

Great Moments in Garage Sale History

Welcome to the first installment of "Great Moments in Garage Sale History History History!" wherein I take time to profile a favorite or odd piece from a past garage sale adventure.

First up is the Philco Nine Transistor Radio.

When I think of Philco's, I tend to think of large 30's and 40's console tube radios. That's why I was surprised when I saw this transistor version for $1 at a garage sale. The owner, who was close to 60 said it was his when he was a kid. It's not the transistor radio I've come to expect, ie: small. This thing is relatively huge. 7 inches tall, 3 1/2 inches wide, 2 inches deep. I've been unable to identify this radio on the internet, but I would put it at late 40's/early 50's based on it's size.

It's made in Japan and takes 4 AA batteries that fit into a battery pack connected to a 9V battery connector. Works great.


  1. This is from circa 1964 is my guess. I got one of these as a Christmas present about that time. I re-purchased one of these a few years ago from Ebay.

  2. Thanks for the year confirmation, Larry. Much later than I would have guessed.

  3. Hi! I own this radio and received it new in June 1966 as my 8th grade graduation gift. Mine looks just like this and works perfectly. It is still in the original box and packaging with the earphone jack. It works too!

    1. Hi Tamara! What a great gift and you still have it! I didn't have the original packaging with mine, I'd love to see it.


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