EMERSON 888 VANGUARD

This Emerson 888 Vanguard was manufactured in the USA in 1958. It is part of a famous line of patriotic Emerson radios with ‘Jet Age’ themes and this one was named after the Vanguard-1 Satellite. The US Navy launched the Vanguard 1, in March 1958. It was the second U.S. satellite in orbit, following the Explorer 1 by a month. Other Emerson radios in this series are named Satellite, Pioneer, Explorer and Atlas. I wonder if Emerson had to pay out the U.S. government for the use of those names….

 

 

 

 

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This Emerson Vanguard is a stately and strong looking radio. It features a picture of the Vanguard satellite blazing a trail through deepest darkest space! The speaker grill has grooves cut out in a rather random pattern that reminds me of a crazy meteor storm. The gold speaker grill cloth is vibrant and sparkles nicely in the sunlight. It has a kick stand that doubles as a carry handle. It is stamped on the back with the ‘Emerson Symbol’ and is marked ‘Vanguard’ and ‘Nevabreak’ with reference to the tough nylon cabinet that is supposed to ‘never break’….
 

 

 

 


 

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I have the entire series of Emerson 888’s and I must say they are very solid and well made. They also put out great sound for such old radios.
 

 

 

 

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Pictured are some of the old transistors and a Japanese component marked ‘Cosmic’.