January 1948 Radio-Craft
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Craft,
published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
At the end of World War II,
the United States government demonstrated an appreciation for the extreme
sacrifices made by its citizens by making surplus
available for purchase at very low cost. Companies sprang up as distributors
after bidding on and buying large lots of items at auctions. Herschel Radio
Company was one of many. This 2-page advertisement on a 1948 issue of
Radio-Craft is typical of what was seen in all sorts of technology
publications in the late 1940s. A complete
Fairchild model SCR 269/F airborne radio compass was offered at a
mere $75 ($814 in today's money). A
model SX-28 communications receiver could be picked up for $129.
Miscellaneous components sold for pennies - resistors, capacitors, inductors,
transformers, vacuum tubes, indicator lamps, wire, switches, hardware, tools,
enclosures, motors, relays, fans, antennas, and just about every other type of part available
at the time.
Some of the equipment and parts can still be found on eBay.
Hershel Radio Company Ad
Posted December 12, 2019