These two Penney’s 6TP-243’s were manufactured in Japan by Toshiba in 1959. They were made for the JCPenney chain of department stores and sold by them as a ‘house brand’ throughout the USA.

They feature typical high quality Toshiba industrial design. The slide rule tuning dial is under-painted and the volume dial features the same gold concentric rings as found on similar Toshiba radios of this era.  The red example has a white back and the black has a gray back. They have kickstands on the back for lounging.







J.C. Penney Company Inc was founded in 1902 by James Cash Penney and William Henry McManus. The original name for the store was ‘The Golden Rule’, but it was changed to JCPenney in 1917.  By 1917, the company operated 175 stores in 22 states in the United States. By 1941, the company operated 1,600 stores in all 48 states.

JC Penney is still going strong today.










The Penney’s 6TP-243 can also be found branded as a Toshiba 6TP-219 with a plastic diagonal cut speaker grill and as a Trancel 6TP-243.

They use the same cabinet as my Gibraltar P-1405 and measure 70 x 110 x 34 mm / 2.8 x 4.3 x 1.3".








This red Penney’s 6TP-243 comes with its original gift box and leather case!








According to the serial number date code this red example was manufactured in February 1959 and the serial number is 1107.

Ref: Alan Kastner's Dating Game.