Portable radio, type L4Z65 BT, Serial No.30135, louvered front - red grill cloth behind. Case is plastic with cream and gold outlining. Buttons and knobs are red plastic. 3 valve portable. Has ferrite rod and fold-out rectangular-shaped antenna. List of high-tension batteries in rear. 1 x medium wave and 3 x short wave bands. 5 buttons at front, including ON/OFF. Power: uses 1 x 67 1/2 v. battery and 8 x 1 1/2 volt "D" size cells (e.g.. Eveready type 467).
Run by batteries, this radio could be moved around the house and be taken away on holidays due to the advantage of being light and small. The invention of the transistor in 1948 – 1951 replaced the large vacuum tube of the early 1900s. It was highly efficient and free from atmospheric disturbances.
PHILIPS Maker's Mark
Philips New Zealand Limited. 1955-1960s. Radio - Portable, F495.2001. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).