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These images have been chosen for their uniqueness. Subject matter ranges from historic events, to really cool phenomena in science and engineering, to relevant place, to ingenious contraptions, to interesting products (which now has its own dedicated Featured Product category).

Maybe 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.

For many years I have been purchasing 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 5 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 (now API Technology) is headquartered here, too.

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


(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


July 1944 QST




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