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TinyTone Radio Co. was founded in the 1935 in Kearney, Nebraska, by Paul Beshore and his brothers, making crystal receivers, based on a prefixed crystal diode patented by Paul Beshore in 1933. This pocket radio was about as big as a matchbox and was called TinyTone.
The advertisement from Popular Mechanics below shows a Tiny-Tone crystal receiver made in 1936. The radios could be ordered by mail. They came in four different colours.
In the early 1940's the company chaged its name to Western Manufacturing Co.
With the outbreak of WWII the company began bidding for government orders and were soon making aircraft parts and components for a bomb sight. After the Second World War the Beshores started selling miniature crystal receivers again, using  model names like Pa-kette, Tiny-Mite, Pee Wee and Ti-Nee. Advertisements were placed in magazines like Popular Mechanics, Popular Science and Mechanics Illustrated. The receivers were cheap, the price was only a few dollars. The design of these crystal radios greatly influenced the design of the later pocket transistor radios.
Advertisement in Popular Science, January 1947. One of the first post-war receivers was the Pa-kette (smaller that a packet of cigarettes). This radio really has the look of a much later shirt pocket transistor radio. Western Manufacturing sold the radios under company names like Pakette Electric Company and Midway Company. These receivers were made until the 1960s, the last models using a germanium diode.

This page was last edited on 03.12.2016