Here is an advertisement by Western Electric from the August 25, 1945, edition of
The Saturday Evening Post magazine. As with many of the advertisements
of the era, this ad refers to the company's contribution to the war effort during
WWII. "How communications help tighten the ring," accompanies a map of the Japanese
islands. All forms of battlefield and shipboard communications benefitted from the
innovations of Western Electric scientists, engineers, and assembly line workers.
These days Western Electric manufactures special purpose audio frequency vacuum
tubes and amplifiers to use them. They're not cheap. Back in 1945, Western Electric
was a major manufacturer of telephone and telegraph equipment for Bell Telephone,
Western Union, and America Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T). Look at the
bottom of your dial type telephone and you'll probably see the name there.
Dr. Lee de Forest,
inventor of the Audion amplifier tube, worked for Western Union.
Western Electric Ad
IN PEACE... Source of supply for the Bell System
IN WAR... Arsenal of communications equipment
"As our fighters tighten the ring around Japan, vast distances must be spanned.
Every mile nearer to Tokyo adds another mile to the enormous network of communications
needed to serve an area 35 times that of the United States [not including Alaska
and Hawaii, which did not obtain statehood until 1958, ed.].
Every day we're pouring more men, more ships, more planes, tanks and guns into
the battle. As they put the final squeeze on Tokyo, our forces must have additional
quantities of radar, radio and telephone equipment Western Electric is making.
As military needs are met, Western Electric will carry on with ever increasing
tempo its 63 year old job of supplying what Bell Telephone Systems needs. You can
count on us to di this with the same skill, energy, enthusiasm, and speed we have
put into our big war job."
Posted November 11, 2022
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