Flickr: Hundreds of Vintage Transistor Radios
By James Grahame
Michael Jack is an audio engineer from Barrie, Ontario. He has over 900 radios in his collection, including the the world's first transistor radio - the Regency TR-1, the extremely rare Sony TR-5 (a re-design of Sony's very first model) plus many classic American and Japanese sets. His Flickr photostream features over 500 different models, with more on the way.
As Michael explains in Collector's Weekly, "If you buy one transistor radio it will most likely grow to two, then three. By your fourth radio you will be considered a “collector” and will be hooked! There will be no turning back from the appeal of these mid-century, technical and artistic marvels.
With any transistor radio from the 1950’s or early 60’s it seems that the brighter the color the higher the price. Cool 50’s shades like robin’s egg/powder blue, seafoam green and bright red or yellow command higher prices. Black and ivory cabinets are considered less attractive by some and may reduce a radio’s value on the collector’s market."