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 in China.
December 1958 Popular Electronics
of Contents] People old and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about
and learning some of the history of early electronics. Popular Electronics
was published from October 1954 through April 1985. All copyrights are hereby
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