August 1944 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.
Hallicrafters was a premier manufacturer
of radios for commercial, hobby, and military use before World War II broke
out. Once the United States was drawn in by the
Imperial Japanese Navy's December 7, 1941 surprise attack on
Pearl Harbor, no time was wasted converting the majority of production
for electronics, transportation, and other realms into almost exclusively war production.
Hallicrafters was, of course, onboard. Life took a sudden turn for many Americans
as fathers, husbands, cousins, uncles, and brothers went off to fight battles in
foreign lands. Communications to and from loved ones back home were difficult as
priority was assigned to military channels, but that didn't discourage thousands
of servicemen from writing letters during moments of discouragement or following
victories. Many were penned from inside fox holes and bunkers, or even while
riding in a
C-47 on the way to being air dropped into a fire zone. It was
nothing like today's always-connected world with ubiquitous Internet and cellphone
service. Can you believe that it was as recent as the first Iraq war that
GPS became widely accessible
to the general public? Parents were mailing
Garmin units to their sons doing service in the desert, where
the lack of ground references and dust storms could make disorientation very likely.
Hallicrafters gave servicemen an opportunity to earn some cash by writing about
their font line experiences using radio equipment built by Hallicrafters. The $100
top prize in 1944 is the equivalent of $1,705 in 2023 money (per the
Calculator) - not chump change in any year.
New Letter Contest for Servicemen
Eleven 1st Prize Winners in 5 Months
in Contest No.1!
Yes sir, guys, the hundreds of letters received were so swell that double first
prize winners had to be awarded each of the first four months and there were triple
first prize winners the fifth and last month ...
So - Here We Go Again!
Get in on this new letter contest - write and tell us your first hand experiences
with all types of Radio Communications equipment built by Hallicrafters including
the famous SCR-299!
Rules for the Contest
Hallicrafters will give $100.00 for the best letter received during each of the
five months of April, May, June, July and August. (Deadline: Received by midnight,
the last day of each month.) ... For every serious letter received Hallicrafters
will send $1.00 so even if you do not win a big prize your time will not be in vain.
... Your letter will become the property of Hallicrafters and they will have
the right to reproduce it in a Hallicrafters advertisement. Write as many letters
as you wish. V-mail letters will do .... Military regulations prohibit the publication
of winners' names and photos at present ... monthly winners will be notified immediately
Buy A War Bond Today!
The Hallicrafters Co., Manufacturers Of Radio And Electronic Equipment, Chicago
16, U. S. A.
Radio-Craft for August 1944
Posted June 9, 2023
(updated from original post