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WWII Era Electronics Advertisements in QST Magazine

RF Cafe Cool Pic - WWII Era Electronics Advertisements in QST MagazineMaybe it comes from having crossed the half-century Rubicon, but with increasing frequency I find myself seeking out vintage magazines to learn how the world used to be. I am a realist who has no misconceptions about how idyllic things used to be and that today is utter debauchery, but it is apparent from a lot of the publications that we surely have changed significantly in the last 50+ years - better in some ways, worse in others.

A couple weeks ago I purchased a lot of WWII era QST magazines off eBay. As I have been doing for a while on my Airplanes and Rockets website, I am going to begin scanning and posting vintage electronics magazine advertisements and articles. A lot of the information is timeless in its application, especially since vacuum tubes are still in widespread use in the Amateur Radio realm. Of course electronics fundamentals never change.

RF Cafe - September 1942 QST CoverThe company advertisements from the World War II era are very interesting in that they oft times include a theme that proudly proclaims their commitment to America and her Allies' victory in the effort. Many familiar faces are seen in the ads, some of the country's longest existing electronics companies: RCA, Triplett Instruments, IRC, Raytheon. Below are a few that I scanned from the September 1942 (less than a year after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor), and September 1943 editions of the American Radio Relay League's "QST" magazine.


RF Cafe - February 1943 QST CoverRF Cafe - Bliley Technologies website 2011Of particular interest to me is the Bliley Electric Company, which is located right here in Erie, PA, about 2 miles from my house. Today the name is Bliley Technologies, I suppose as a perceived need to modernize the company image. What has not changed is Bliley's products - crystals, oscillators, and other frequency generation items. Here is a nice slideshow of their production facility. Do you wonder what the Greek word "κρυσταλλος" at the top of the ad translates to? It is "crystal ice!"

BTW, Bliley is not the only well-known electronics manufacturer in Erie. Spectrum Control is headquartered here, too. RF Cafe advertiser Spectrum Microwave is a subsidiary of theirs.

Bliley Electric Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe
Bliley Electric
(κρυσταλλος = crystal ice)
September 1942 QST
Amperex Electronic Products Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe
Amperex Electronic Products
September 1942 QST
Eimac Tubes Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe
Eimac Tubes
(Eitel-McCullough, Inc.)
September 1942 QST
Hallicrafters Company Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe
Hallicrafters Company
September 1942 QST
Hammarlund Manufacturing Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe
Hammarlund Manufacturing
September 1942 QST
IRC Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe
IRC
(International Resistance Company)
September 1942 QST
Ohmite Manufacturing Company Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe
Ohmite Manufacturing Company
September 1942 QST
Raytheon Manufacturing Company Advertisement from February 1943 QST - RF Cafe
Raytheon Manufacturing Company
February 1943 QST
Raytheon Manufacturing Company Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe
Raytheon Manufacturing Company
September 1942 QST
Radio Corporation of America Advertisement from February 1943 QST - RF Cafe
RCA Transmitting Tubes
(Radio Corporation of America)
February 1943 QST
Speer Carbon Company Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe
Speer Carbon Company
September 1942 QST
Sprague Specialties Company Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe
Sprague Specialties Company
September 1942 QST
Taylor Tubes Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe
Taylor Tubes
September 1942 QST
Thordarson Electric Manufacturing Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe
Thordarson Electric Manufacturing
September 1942 QST
Triplett Electrical Instrument Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe
Triplett Electrical Instrument Co.
September 1942 QST
Hallicrafters Ad from the July 1944 QST - RF Cafe
Hallicrafters
July 1944 QST
   
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