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TR-1 Transistor Radio

This is a Transistor Radio. It was designed by Painter, Teague and Petertil and manufactured by Texas Instruments and Industrial Development Engineering Associates, Regency Division and engineered by Arthur P. Stern and patented by Richard C. Koch. It is dated 1954 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is molded plastic, brass; leather and metal (case). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Advertised as the world’s first pocket radio, the TR-1 set the stage for future portable radio and digital media technologies. Developed in the year of the United States’s largest ever nuclear weapon test, the radio’s brass dial allowed the user to choose the desired frequency, and the small triangles indicate the appropriate wavelength for news during potential nuclear attacks.

This object was donated by Robert Greenberg. It is credited Gift of Robert M. Greenberg.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 12.7 × 7.6 × 3.8 cm (5 in. × 3 in. × 1 1/2 in.)

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TR-1 Transistor Radio; Designed by Painter, Teague and Petertil ; molded plastic, brass; leather and metal (case); H x W x D: 12.7 × 7.6 × 3.8 cm (5 in. × 3 in. × 1 1/2 in.); Gift of Robert M. Greenberg; 2017-51-6-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Bob Greenberg Selects.

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