December 1947 Radio-Craft
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
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published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Here is a perfect example of
setting up a "straw man" in order to knock it down. Per Merriam Webster, a "straw
man" is, "A weak or imaginary argument or opponent that is set up to be easily
defeated." The advertising team didn't even do a very good job of it since nowhere
in the copy is there a reference to why the
Trick in particular is alluded to regarding Mallory capacitors. It mentions
a "trick," but that's all. Ah, I just figured it out - they hanged themselves professionally
with the rope!
BTW, type "FP" supposedly stands for "Formed Plate," a special method Mallory
used to increase the surface area of metal layers to get higher capacitance densities.
Mallory Capacitors Ad
What's the Indian Rope Trick Got to Do with
Mallory originated and produced the first type "FP" capacitor. These have been
famous for performance for so long - have been so consistently preferred for original
equipment - it follows they naturally become first choice of radio servicemen. You
might imagine there was some special magic in their making.
The popularity of FPs, however, has never depended on tricks of engineering or
manufacture. Yesterday, as today, it has been a matter of quality. Careful control
of materials ... painstaking manufacturing methods that keep impurities down to
a fraction of a part per million ... rigid standards of testing and inspection ...
explain why Mallory FPs are preferred.
They are the reasons why Mallory FP capacitors last ... why millions are in use
all over the world ... why they can be counted upon for service beyond the normal.
They are your assurance that when you install a Mallory FP, the customer can depend
on a job well done.
You Expect More and Get More from Mallory
Posted February 15, 2022
(updated from original post on 9/3/2014)