December 1958 Popular Electronics
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A few days ago I posted an old ad for
Radio Shack and mentioned the tube testers that used to be in
the stores for customers to use free of charge. Of course they also
had a nice stock of replacement tubes for you to buy if needed.
This advertisement for a typical tube tester by Century Electronics
appeared in the December 1958 edition of Popular Electronics. According
to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics'
inflation calculator, that $134.50 price in 1958 (the year I
was born) would be equivalent to $1,080.50 in 2013 money - not too
bad really especially since today such a contraption would be built
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Posted March 18, 2013