Collecting cheap vintage walkie-talkies isn’t yet a big thing, though models like the CR-313 fall into the toy category, where things can get a bit expensive.

The undoubted stars are themed feature and character models, linked to movies, TV shows, personalities and so on.

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That’s not to say the robots are about to take over because we’re no longer useful.

Of course that is going to happen, but not just yet, for the simple reason we (or they) still haven’t invented a decent battery.

Also, for as long we remember to fit accessible on/off switches to any technology that can potentially wipe us out us we’re probably safe for a while. To this pair of Companion CR-313 walkie-talkies, of course.

They brilliantly illustrate how, up until 1970 BC (before microchips), things were mostly designed and made by humans without little or no help from computers, and because materials and manufacturing processes could be expensive, it encouraged economy and moderation.

Luckily the only damage was to the foam pad it sat on, and again this was easily replaced.

I doubt very much that the current range sound quality is significantly different to what it was when new, and needless to say neither is going to win any prizes, but let’s not forget that it manages to send and receive intelligible voice communications using just a few cheap components.

It was one of hundreds of walkie-talkie sets on the market in the early 60s.

Most of them, like this one, operated on a small portion of the Short Wave band, around 27MHz, set aside for Citizen’s Band radio.

They were in a box on electronic junk at a car boot sale and by the looks of it, veterans of a good number of Sunday outings in wet and muddy fields. The asking price was ‘a quid’, which would still be an absolute bargain, even if they didn’t work.