Pam 710 portable radio receiver, 1956.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Pam 710 portable radio receiver, 1956.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


When Pam, the first all-transistor radio made in Britain, appeared in 1956, there were already portable valve radios, though their battery demands made them expensive to run. It was very much a luxury item, costing roughly a month's wages, but the use of transistors led, before long, to miniature radios at affordable prices. Sound broadcasts could now be listened to anywhere.

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