1949 Japanese Import

Crystal Rocket Radio With Display Stand

Warehouse Find ~ Unopened in Original Dime Store Box

Not a toy. This small, (4 inches tall, on the display stand with the tuning rod down). This radio needs no batteries. It is a “Crystal Radio Set” and works on a Germanium Crystal Diode. It actually pulls its own power out of the air from the AM radio waves to operate.

Distinctively shaped, and with an included display “Suction Cup” stand that is removable. It is one of the earliest Rocket Radios to come out of Japan in 1949. The Japanese crystal rocket radios have a collectors following of their own because they are so unique. Rarely do we find several dozen of one type “Still in the Original, Unopened, Dime Store Box”. This is the Oldest Japan Rocket Radio We have ever sold. If you are a collector of Rocket Radios, we only have a few dozen. Order early to get this rare model Crystal Rocket Radio from Japan.

The Rocket Radio is in excellent condition. The box has minor warehouse handling patina.

It is simple to operate. It has an ear plug for listening. It also has a “Ground” clip attachment. Just clip onto a good electrical ground to attract the AM radio waves out of the sky. A gas pipe, water pipe, etc. Anything that has a metal pipe going deep into the ground will do. You tune the stations by adjusting the top knob/rod up and down. The antenna is also one of the wires that goes to the earplug. It can pick up any AM radio station that is nearby, and some of the powerful AM Stations it can pick up for miles. Because the earplug antenna wire is only a few feet long, weak or distant stations sometimes won’t come in well. However a longer antenna wire is all that is needed! It is simple to add an auxiliary antenna.


Because it works on the minute power it gets from the radio air waves, it will not work in a metal building. If you want to listen to farther stations, or live in a metal building, there is a place in the radio to connect an antenna extension. The included “Rubber Suction Cup” Display stand is very old, and not as subtle as rubber should be, But it is not brittle. It holds the rocket on any flat surface for operation or display. It can also stand on it’s own without the suction cup, which is removable.

There is no guarantee that you live close enough to an AM station to receive it loudly. These were recommended in the early 1960’s for bomb shelters because they need no electricity. In the late 1940’s, they understood this technology to make a reliable unit. The earphone wires are rubber coated, the radio case is hard, 1940’s “Post War” plastic. It has been wrapped in its original box for over 65 years. There might be insignificant minute marks where the rubber coated wires touched the primitive 1940’s plastic. They are in the photo, but so small you can not see them. You get the next one, AS IS, Right from the Wholesale Box, just like the Dime Store stocked them in the 1950’s!

It is so small and light, We ship it FREE! Our other Crystal Rocket Radios we have a few dozens of, we have an extremely limited quantity of this model. Not many were made before the 1950’s. Order early to avoid disappointment.

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Esnarf Item . #7394 Price . . . . $87.00

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