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Tadanobu Okabe, Japan - Radio collection

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Below you find a part of the radio collection Tadanobu Okabe - including other related items.

When I was a Junior-high school boy, there was a nasty attic in my house, where I found a heap of magazines made from thin and coarse yellow paper on a well-used desk. They were radio magazines around 1947. In this attic used as a storeroom, there remained also a lot of dust-covered wrecked radios, parts and tools, which my father had gotten in his younger days. Through these magazines I could feel not only structure of radios, but also vivid breath of rising postwar Japan which had lost everything. Since then I have taken great interest in old radios. I assembled remained parts into a complete unit of 4 tube regenerative receiver for the first time, receiving instruction from father and brother. Thus my collection of radios started. I built my collection basically trough mending abandoned radios and TV sets. It was about 1978. Afterwards I have collected mainly Japanese radios made between 1930 and 1950 systematically. So may collection grew larger. And after 25 years of efforts, now it consists of more than 800 radios. In 2005 I could set up a small exhibition room at a resort place in Nagano Prefecture. This Japan Radio Museum has started its activities in March 2007 on virtual museum of internet. The Japanese radios after 1955 are well known, as transistor radios were widely exported on a full scale. However, concerning the radio history for 30 years before the time between the beginning of radio broadcasting in Japan are not enough understood. I would like to introduce the history of Japanese radios for 30 years from the very beginning of broadcasting through the collection of my Museum.
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Part of the radio collection of Tadanobu Okabe. These pictures have been uploaded to the corresponding models by Tadanobu Okabe but this is not necessarily all of Tadanobu Okabe's collection.

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J:  Clarion Co., Ltd.; Tokyo
1946 : Clarion
Kokumin-gata No.1 type 123

Front view of Crarion radio
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J:  Hermes; Osaka-Musen (Osaka)
1936 : Hermes
No.4 "Stage"

Front view of Hermes No.4
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J:  Hitachi Ltd.; Tokyo
1946 : Sun Light
TTB-42

Front view of Sun Light TTB-42
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J:  JRC Japan Radio Co., Ltd.; Tokyo
1946 : 
R-101

Front view of JRC R-101 (brown color)
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J:  JVC - Victor Company of Japan, Ltd...
1946 : Victor
5AW-1 Reimei

Front view of Victor 5AW-1
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J:  Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
1931/32 : Concertone B
RR-401

Front view of Concertone B
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J:  NEC Corporation, Nippon Electric C...
1947 : 
RA-100B

Front view of NEC RA-100B
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J:  NEC Corporation, Nippon Electric C...
1948 : 
RG-101A

Front view of RG-101A
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J:  Panasonic, Matsushita, National ナシ...
1932 : National ナショナル
R-51

Front view of National R-51
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J:  Panasonic, Matsushita, National ナシ...
1946–48 : 
8A-1

Front view of National 8A-1
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J:  Sharp; Osaka
1954/55 : 
RS-355

Sharp Model RS-355 (1954-55)
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J:  Tokyo Electric Co. (TEC); Tokyo
1925 : Cymofone
A-2

Front view of Cymofone A-2. Handle was missing. Holes placed inside cabinet...
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J:  Toshiba Corporation; Tokyo
1927 ?: Junola
6D

Front view of Junola 6D. The front grill (left) and 4 vertival cross were m...
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J:  Toshiba Corporation; Tokyo
1946/47 : 
ZS-1004A

Front view of ZS-1004A (early model)
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J:  Toshiba Corporation; Tokyo
1947 : 
ZS-1005C

Front view of ZS-1005C
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J:  Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. Kariya Sout...
1946 : Toyota
K-2-C

Front view of Toyota K-2-C
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Our member Tadanobu Okabe opened his/her collection of radios and other related items on 25.Feb.2010.
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