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Teen Tone Boy's Radio TR-2B

Although North America welcomed the new radios from overseas, Japanese firms were hit with domestic export restrictions and (according to some sources) a North American import tax on any AM radio having three or more transistors. This would have put a dent in Japanese radio sales...Solution? In the early 60’s Japanese manufacturers developed AM radios which could operate on only two transistors. They were marketed as “toys” rather than electronic devices thus stepping around the restrictions and taxes. These radios would either have the term Boy’s Radio or Two Transistors prominently and proudly displayed on the cabinet. In many cases, the cabinets were identical to "real" radios with 6 transistors. Performance was less than stellar but they could still pick up local stations. Teenagers were swayed by price and appearance anyways, performance was low on the list of priorities.

 

Boy's Radios were often advertised in comic books.

 

This Teen Tone example is an odd looking thing. It looks like an alien from a 1960's sci-fi movie. How would you like to wake up in the middle of the night with this thing staring at you? The dials do resemble eyes set behind some big, over-sized forehead.

 

The cabinet is made from a very thin, translucent plastic. There are a few stress fractures present but thankfully no cracks or chips.

Also found under the "Halco" and "Van" brand names.

In two places on the printed circuit board are the initials FMK. Also spotted is the name Feaco. Clues to the manufacturer??

 

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Taken on January 1, 2004