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National Company: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
January 1942 QST Article

January 1942 QST

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from QST, published December 1915 - present (visit ARRL for info). All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

1941 Christmas Seals  - RF CafeTake a look at the list of National Company's employee list Wishing their customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Every one of them is a licensed Ham radio operator. It appeared in the January 1942 issue of ARRL's QST magazine, but was for the 1941 Christmas. National Company was a major producer of amateur radio gear in the day. Little did they suspect when the magazine went to print that by the time readers received it, America would be newly engaged in World War II after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Many of the names would be different in1943 due to employees going off to fight the war in the European, Pacific, and North African Theaters of Operation.

 Interestingly, the American Lung Society's Christmas Seals stamp that appears in the upper left corner is authentic and must have been applied by humans. That means thousands of copies had to be manually stamped before mailing. As a long-time philatelist (stamp-collector) myself, I have one of these 1941 Christmas Seals center blocks (they're not worth much - none of my stamps are, unfortunately).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from National Company

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from National Company, January 1942 QST - RF Cafe

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Alfred Zerega . . W1JMK

George Leal . . W1ARN

Robert W1lliams . . W1JOX

T. P. Leonard . . W1AUJ

Harold Fowler . . W1KBX

Herman Bradley . . W1BAQ

Robert Mugnai . . W1KLW

James A. Ciarlone . . W1BHW

Frank Lopez . . W1KPB

Dana Bacon . . W1BZR

Richard Gentry . . W1LEN

F. Hadlock . . W1CTW

John Stanley . . W1LFF

Harvey Poore . . W1DKM

Francis Waden . . W1LNV

Seth Card . . W1DRO

Richard Thurston . . W1MFZ

Gene Simms . . W1DXD

FrankJ. Nault . . W1MKC

Albert Oliver . . W1EAQ

Charles Levine . . W1MOJ

John Bartlett . . W1EU

Carl Beckman . . W1MPF

George Ringland . . W1EYZ

Edmund Ogden, Jr. . . W1MTO

Donald Hinds. . . W1FRZ

Richard Gysan . . W1MUO

Robert J. Murray . . W1FSN

Maynard Wentzel . . W1NBV

John A. Baxter . . W1HKR

George Vasil . . W1NBW

David M. Smith . . W1HOH

John M. Wondergem . . W1NDA

Vincent Messina . . W1HRW

Bruce Rich . . W1NKO

Jack Ivers . . W1HSV

William Doyle . . W1TV

Matthew Sokolowski . . W1ISR

Arthur H. Lynch . . W2DKJ

Sumner Herrick . . W1JDF

Myrl B. Patterson . . W5CI

Edmund C. Harrington . . W1JEL

Herb Becker . . W6QD

Kenneth C. Nagle . . W1JGD

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