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Early Transistor Radios
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The 9577 (called the "Pixie") was to star of the cover of the January 1957 edition of "Arvin Folks". (left) The 8576 shared some space with other portable models in the May 1957 edition (below). Click on link above or image at left to access entire issue. You can see an issue with the 8576 by clicking here or the image below.
In November of 1956, the company magazine, "Arvin Folks" carried the story to the right. It describes a shop owner in Kansas who wanted to test Arvin's advertising claim that the 9562 would operate for at least 600 hours on a single set of batteries. He powered one up and let it operate continuously for over 1,400 hours! Naturally, Arvin wanted to take the photo opportunity and spread the word of the set's performance!
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1957 was the year Arvin's most collectible transistor sets were released - the 8576s and the 9577s.
The first transistor sets were the 9562s, made with two different cases --- tan and faux alligator. The 9562 set included a "reversible dial" that oriented the dial for easy readability whether the set was being carried as a portable or sitting on a flat surface as a table set.