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TPR-61 Portable Phonograph Radio, ca. 1962

This is a Portable phonograph radio. It was manufactured by TACT Denici Co., Ltd.. It is dated ca. 1962 and we acquired it in 1991. Its medium is molded plastic, metal, electronics. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Nearly two decades before the Sony Walkman assumed its status as the ultimate portable (pre-digital) listening device, the Japanese company TACT Denki released its TPR-61 transistor phonoradio. Marketed as the world’s smallest phonograph, the battery-powered device played both 33 and 45 RPM records and could tune in to radio broadcasts, too. The bright, portable machine was especially popular among teenage listeners, an increasingly important demographic in the postwar period.

This object was donated by Jay Loebel and Arthur Lindo. It is credited Gift of Arthur Lindo and Jay Loebel.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D (without case): 4 x 17.3 x 8.7 cm (1 9/16 x 6 13/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

Cite this object as

TPR-61 Portable Phonograph Radio, ca. 1962; Manufactured by TACT Denki Co., Ltd. ; Japan; molded plastic, metal, electronics; H x W x D (without case): 4 x 17.3 x 8.7 cm (1 9/16 x 6 13/16 x 3 7/16 in.); Gift of Arthur Lindo and Jay Loebel; 1991-92-1-a/e

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The World of Radio.

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