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Great Gadgets Part 1

Transistor Radios

In 1954, Regency introduced the TR-1, the first so-called “pocket” radio. Prior to that time, radios required tubes, and even the most compact model was the size of a picnic basket. Bell Laboratories had developed the transistor several years earlier, but prior to 1954, its only commercial use had been in hearing aids. The TR-1 came in a variety of colors and retailed for $50 (just over $300 today).

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