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 Post subject: As advertised: the "Worlds Smallest" tube radios to 1960?
PostPosted: Apr Sun 04, 2021 3:44 pm 
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I have at least four tube radios, AC mains powered, that were advertised as "The Worlds Smallest"
They are the Kadette Jr. of 1933, The Kadette Model B of 1933 advertised as the worlds smallest superhetrodyne receiver, the Italian made GNOMO of 1954 and the Spanish made Pulgarcito of 1958 that were advertised as the worlds smallest table model mains receivers.

Come to think of it, I have the circa 1939 2 tube Emersonette that one web page says was advertised as the worlds smallest practical AC radio, but did not show a referenced advertisement.

Anyone care to add makes and models to this list claiming Worlds Smallest (Tube type AC mains powered) receiver? I'm working on an article and would like to provide historical context.

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 Post subject: Re: As advertised: the "Worlds Smallest" tube radios to 1960
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Robert Lozier wrote:
I have at least four tube radios, AC mains powered, that were advertised as "The Worlds Smallest"
They are the Kadette Jr. of 1933, The Kadette Model B of 1933 advertised as the worlds smallest superhetrodyne receiver, the Italian made GNOMO of 1954 and the Spanish made Pulgarcito of 1958 that were advertised as the worlds smallest table model mains receivers.

Come to think of it, I have the circa 1939 2 tube Emersonette that one web page says was advertised as the worlds smallest practical AC radio, but did not show a referenced advertisement.

Anyone care to add makes and models to this list claiming Worlds Smallest (Tube type AC mains powered) receiver? I'm working on an article and would like to provide historical context.

Thanks,
Robert



I would have guessed that a couple of the late 1940's RCA Nippers (or their GE cousins) might compete in that category, but I no longer have any left to photograph and offer up measurements on.


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 Post subject: Re: As advertised: the "Worlds Smallest" tube radios to 1960
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Another claim but with an exception. I think this is probably a Clinton 440.
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 Post subject: Re: As advertised: the "Worlds Smallest" tube radios to 1960
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My Detrola advertising brochures are all filed away, but I'd expect that the PeeWee and Detrola Jr. models at 6 3/16" would have been advertised as among the smallest of their day, also the corresponding Silvertone and Truetone models were identical other than the name.

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 Post subject: Re: As advertised: the "Worlds Smallest" tube radios to 1960
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To 1960?. OK. I am going to advocate for the 2 Compactron radio.
https://www.rfcafe.com/references/elect ... -world.htm

I am sure that they could have built the world's smallest AC powered radio with a 117N7GT, a 2G21, a 5678, and a 1AG5.

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How about this bitty 1939 Airline?


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What is the model of the Airline?

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 Post subject: Re: As advertised: the "Worlds Smallest" tube radios to 1960
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There was a one or two tube pocket battery radio from the mid 1920s that may have been touted as the world's smallest. It was a long skinny radio with tiny knobs. I can't remember the brand name or who made it but it's very rare and highly collectable today.

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The Zenith K-412 from 1953 measured about 6-1/2"W x 4-1/2"H x 4"D.

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 Post subject: Re: As advertised: the "Worlds Smallest" tube radios to 1960
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Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe Robert is looking for tube radios that were "advertised" or touted as the worlds smallest. Sure, there a lot of very small tubes radios out there, Robert's just interested in those tube radios, made up until 1960, which were actually advertised as the "Worlds Smallest" tube radios by their manufacturers or seller.

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 Post subject: Re: As advertised: the "Worlds Smallest" tube radios to 1960
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Wards Airline -- Model 93BR 421B.

Four tubes -- 12SA7, 12SKY, 12SQ&, 70LC

The tag says " Power consumption 35 watts, BRC6242B, Series B, Form No. 4069, 6000, 10-39"


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 Post subject: Re: As advertised: the "Worlds Smallest" tube radios to 1960
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algermond wrote:
Wards Airline -- Model 93BR 421B.

Four tubes -- 12SA7, 12SKY, 12SQ&, 70LC

The tag says " Power consumption 35 watts, BRC6242B, Series B, Form No. 4069, 6000, 10-39"

I have one as well. Tubes are 12SA7, 12SK7, 12SQ7 & 70L7(combo audio output & rectifier). Basically a legit AA5 with four tubes.

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35Z5 wrote:
algermond wrote:
Wards Airline -- Model 93BR 421B.

Four tubes -- 12SA7, 12SKY, 12SQ&, 70LC

The tag says " Power consumption 35 watts, BRC6242B, Series B, Form No. 4069, 6000, 10-39"

I have one as well. Tubes are 12SA7, 12SK7, 12SQ7 & 70L7(combo audio output & rectifier). Basically a legit AA5 with four tubes.
That be the Airline in Art's pic.

Here they called it a midget, but not the world's smallest.
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I have a RCA Little Nipper, Canadian Baby Nipper, small but still a 5 tube, too big to qualify.

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 Post subject: Re: As advertised: the "Worlds Smallest" tube radios to 1960
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To 1960?. OK. I am going to advocate for the 2 Compactron radio.
https://www.rfcafe.com/references/elect ... -world.htm

I am sure that they could have built the world's smallest AC powered radio with a 117N7GT, a 2G21, a 5678, and a 1AG5.


Though G.E actually advertised the two Compactrons (AA-2 ?)radio in many electronic magazines trying to promote their (then) new Compactron range of tubes the 2 tubes needed were never manufactured and (as far as I know) a Compactronized table top radio was never produced.

Check this thread for more details:

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 Post subject: Re: As advertised: the "Worlds Smallest" tube radios to 1960
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I know, but it was a nice thought. I wish they did though, as it would be nice to see such one in action, and may could have beat the transistor. Heck, they could have done so much more with the compactron. They could have done so much more. I believe they could have made a 1 tube radio if they tried.

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they could have done so much more with the compactron. They could have done so much more. I believe they could have made a 1 tube radio if they tried.

Yeah, but the writing was on the wall, and it was spelled solid state.

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From the 1939 Montgomery Ward catalog front cover...5 colors.


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Thanks! Color helps in any PowerPoint presentation.

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