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Cardboard Vacuum Tube Style Packaging Used for Early 2N35 Commercial Devices

 

SYLVANIA 2N35

 

TYPE

Germanium NPN Alloy Junction

Audio Amplifier

 

USAGE

Hobbyist/Experimenter

Early Commercial Radio 

 

DATE INTRODUCED

1953

 

CASE STYLES

Black Metal (Early)

Silver Metal (Later)

 

AVAILABILITY

Common (High Volume Production)

 

 

 

 

HISTORIC NOTES

The Sylvania 2N35 was one of the early transistors most commonly used by hobbyist/experimenters in the 1950s.  Unlike most inexpensive transistors, the 2N35 is an NPN type, and this made it ideally suited for many circuits combined with the more common PNP types (such as the Raytheon CK722 and the GE 2N107).  Sylvania marketed the transistor, along with a companion PNP 2N34, directly to the hobbyist/experimenter market by publishing transistor project construction booklets and even kits containing the 2N35.  The 1955 Lafayette catalogue lists the 2N35 as available for $4.30.  A kit containing two 2N35s, one famous 1N34 germanium diode, and the booklet “28 Uses for the Junction Transistor” was listed for only $4.45.  Although the 2N35 was primarily advertised for use in hobbyist construction projects, this device was also used in commercial products, at least for a short time.  Early versions of the famous Zenith Royal 500 transistor radio, introduced in 1955, used the 2N35 in the audio circuitry.

 

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