Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
from Electronics World, published May 1959
- December 1971. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
The January 1969 issue of Electronics World magazine published an extensive list of Japanese company trade names and their addresses. Many of them went out of business or were bought by other corporations long ago, as occurs in all countries. I OCRed the company names, but didn't bother with the addresses. You will see that "Craig" is listed twice, which appears to be a typo where the first one should have been "Cardinal." "Aiwa" is also listed twice, but that might have been a legitimate duplication due to separate locations (BTW, I owned an Aiwa stereo at one time). Aiwa stereo equipment is now being serviced by Sony according to the Aiwa.com website. My first "real" cassette tape deck was made by TEAC (founded in 1953 as the Tokyo Electro Acoustic Company) and my first "real" stereo receiver was made by Sansui. Japan definitely Pioneer-ed (pun intended) some really good stereo equipment. I remember the line in "Back to the Future 3" (which, ironically, Melanie and I plan to watch tonight) where Doc Brown, back in 1858 (where he time-travelled from 1955), makes a disparaging remark about a circuit failing in the DeLorean (back from the future - 1985) failing because of it being labeled "Made in Japan." Marty responds, "Waddaya mean Doc? All the best stuff's made in Japan."
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