Not everyone is into radio history, so items like this advertisement for Sparton Radio's Model 60 Short-Wave Receiver (April 1932 QST) will not invoke much or any interest. On the other hand, there is a large contingent of hobbyists and professionals who enjoy seeing these snapshots of the places from whence we have come technically. Products like radios, kitchen appliances, automobiles, etc., were constructed very robustly with metal, wood, and fabric. No cheap plastic will be found anywhere, but maybe not for the reason you think - plastic as we know it today had not entered the commercial marketplace yet. In fact, many 'modern' plastic formulas and processes were a closely held military secrets until the end of World War II.
May 1932 QST
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
QST, published December 1915 - present. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
Sparton Model 60 Short-Wave Converter Radio Advertisement