Today’s spotty blue and white, vintage handbag radio dates from the late fifties and is an early example of a portable transistor radio made by Dynatron. All the electronics and the large elliptical speaker are packed neatly inside and it produces a great sound.
Dynatron was the trade name used by Ron and Arthur Hacker who, despite being self-taught, were always at the cutting edge of radio technology. They began making radiograms and wireless receivers in a room above their father’s grocers shop in Maidstone in the South of England.
In 1928, when they were both still teenagers, they built their first factory in the back garden of their family home.
The Hacker brothers left Dynatron in September 1959 and set up the highly regarded Hacker Radio Limited. The Nomad radio is likely to have been one of the last portables produced by Dynatron before the brothers moved on. They continued to produce some of the best sounding British portable radios using high quality materials, components and design.