SILVERTONE 4203

This classy Silvertone 4203 was manufactured in the USA for Sears, Roebuck & Co by Arvin circa 1962. In my opinion this is one of the best looking American shirt pocket radios from the early 1960’s. The official name of the cabinet color is Blue Mist but I would describe it as a true ‘baby blue’. The chrome accents really highlight and compliment the cabinet color.

This radio looks very similar to the Arvin 62R65 from 1962. Both radios share the same color scheme with the plastic speaker grill on the Silvertone almost identical to the Arvin.

 

 

 

 

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Sears began selling Silvertone radios in the early 1920s. They can trace their roots back to the Sears Watch Company formed in 1886 in Minneapolis USA. In the late 1930s, Silvertone radios quickly took off in popularity. In the 1950s and early 1960s, the Silvertone brand name appeared on all Sears electronic equipment, including console televisions, tape recorders, walkie-talkies, radio batteries, hearing aids and car radios. By the end of the 1960s, the Silvertone brand name was only appearing on musical instruments and the top-of-the-line stereo equipment and televisions.

Silvertone products last appeared in the spring 1972 catalog on televisions and stereo systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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During the 1950’s and 1960’s Arvin produced many radios for Sears which were sold under the Silvertone brand.

Arvin Industries can trace its roots back to the Indianapolis Air Pump Company formed in 1919! They formed a brief association with the Ford Motor Company in the 1920’s and went on to produce parts for the automotive industry. In the late 1920’s they began to manufacture products for the fledgling consumer electronics industry. Today Arvin is known as ArvinMeritor Inc, a global provider of integrated automotive systems, modules and components.

 

 

 

 


 

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This little Silvertone 4203 comes with its original box and instructions. The instructions fold out into a large schematic diagram. It also comes with a handwritten note that says “Keep” & “Batteries removed 2.27.64”.