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Japanese Trade-Name Directory
August 1969 Electronics World

August 1969 Electronics World

August 1969 Electronics World Cover - RF Cafe  Table of Contents 

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Electronics World, published May 1959 - December 1971. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

The January 1969 issue of Electronics World magazine published an extensive list of Japanese company trade names and their addresses. Many of them went out of business or were bought by other corporations long ago, as occurs in all countries. I OCRed the company names, but didn't bother with the addresses. You will see that "Craig" is listed twice, which appears to be a typo where the first Aiwa stereo equipment Sony - RF Cafeone should have been "Cardinal." "Aiwa" is also listed twice, but that might have been a legitimate duplication due to separate locations (BTW, I owned an Aiwa stereo at one time). Aiwa stereo equipment is now being serviced by Sony according to the Aiwa.com website. My first "real" cassette tape deck was made by TEAC (founded in 1953 as the Tokyo Electro Acoustic Company) and my first "real" stereo receiver was made by Sansui. Japan definitely Pioneer-ed (pun intended) some really good stereo equipment. I remember the line in "Back to the Future 3" (which, ironically, Melanie and I plan to watch tonight) where Doc Brown, back in 1858 (where he time-travelled from 1955), makes a disparaging remark about a circuit failing in the DeLorean (back from the future - 1985) failing because of it being labeled "Made in Japan." Marty responds, "Waddaya mean Doc? All the best stuff's made in Japan."

Here's the Back to the Future timeline.

Japanese Trade-Name Directory

Japanese Trade-Name Directory, August 1969 Electronics World - RF CafeA listing* of the most popular Japanese transistor radios and hi-fi equipment, along with the addresses of U.S. representatives offering sales and servicing.

AGS

Akai

Aircastle

Airline

Aiwa

Aiwa

Ambassador

AMD

Astrotone

Autosonic

Aztec

Bradford

Brenell

Cipher

Coronet

Craig (Cardinal?)

Craig

Crown

Delmonico

Dempa1

Denon

Ebner

Electra

Electrophonic

Essex

Everplay

Fleetwood

Globe

Granada

Highwave

Hitachi

Jade, Realtone

JVC

Kenwood

Lloyds

Masterwork

Mayfair

Mercury

Midland

Mirandette

Mitsubishi

National

Nivico

Orion

Panasonic

Penncrest

Pioneer

Playtape

Ranger

Realistic

Rembrandt

Rhapsody

Roberts

Ross

Sansui

Sanyo

Satellite

Sharp

Sony

Standard

Superex

Supersonic

Teac

Technicorder

Telmar

Toshiba

Truetone

Unicord

Viscount

Vista

Wilco

*For a more complete list of Japanese consumer electronic products, write Electronics Div., Japan Light Machinery Information Centre, 437 Fifth Ave., New York 10016.

1  Publishers of Japanese television schematic diagrams.

Back tot the Future 3 - Made in Japan

 

 

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