Back when Radios looked like Robots

The Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co., commonly know as Toshiba, made a lot of consumer electronics since it’s beginnings in 1939. One thing that the Japanese knew was design. They incorporated the design cues trending at the time into their products, and the little 9 transistor super-heterodyne, all-plastic 9TH-40 portable transistor radio was a perfect example.

Shouldered and clearly sporting a head and body, it resembled a cartoon robot of the 60’s, and you have to wonder if this wasn’t intentional. (Hint: it was).

While I couldn’t find an actual radio on eBay, I did find the SAMS Facts service manual for it.