1959 GE Transistor Radio -P-807A

1959 GE Transistor Radio -P-807A #vintage #radio

Vintage radio number three! This little gem sold for $20 in 1959. In today’s dollars that would be the equivalent of $160. I found it Friday at a thrift store for $4. It only needed a little cleaning and a battery. Here’s a little something to give you an idea of just how much things cost in 1959:
Federal hourly minimum wage $1.00
Gallon of gas .25¢
Loaf of bread .20¢
1 lb coffee .77¢
Postage stamp: .04¢
Milk: $1.01
Average yearly income $5,016

Nostalgia for Saturday – Photo

Solid State AM Transistor Radio BP-156 – Built 1970

Nostalgia for Saturday – Photo
It’s amazing how far we’ve come since 1970. I would have been 5 years old and I think my radio was solid white. This one has faded and the yellow is now mostly gone from around the speaker. A big difference from the iPods with their built in FM radio don’t you think? Can you imagine being tied to only a few local stations that could be picked up on the little transistor radio? Maybe after dark or if the weather was just right a station further away could be heard. I can remember hearing a station from Ohio and thinking how is this possible when we are 700 miles away. Strange how such a small inanimate object can trigger memories…