Electronics World articles Popular Electronics articles QST articles Radio & TV News articles Radio-Craft articles Radio-Electronics articles Short Wave Craft articles Wireless World articles Google Search of RF Cafe website Sitemap Electronics Equations Mathematics Equations Equations physics Manufacturers & distributors Engineer Jobs LinkedIn Crosswords Engineering Humor Kirt's Cogitations RF Engineering Quizzes Notable Quotes Calculators Education Engineering Magazine Articles Engineering software RF Cafe Archives RF Cascade Workbook 2018 RF Symbols for Visio - Word Advertising RF Cafe Forums Magazine Sponsor RF Cafe RF Electronics Symbols for Visio RF Electronics Symbols for Office Word RF Electronics Stencils for Visio Sponsor Links Saturday Evening Post NEETS EW Radar Handbook Microwave Museum About RF Cafe Aegis Power Systems Anritsu Alliance Test Equipment Amplifier Solutions Anatech Electronics Axiom Test Equipment Berkeley Nucleonics Bittele Centric RF Conduct RF Copper Mountain Technologies Empower RF everything RF Exodus Advanced Communications Innovative Power Products ISOTEC KR Filters Lotus Systems PCB Directory Rigol RF Superstore San Francisco Circuits Reactel RFCT TotalTemp Technologies Triad RF Systems Windfreak Technologies Withwave LadyBug Technologies Wireless Telecom Group Sponsorship Rates RF Cafe Software Resources Vintage Magazines Thank you for visiting RF Cafe!
RF Cascade Workbook 2018 - RF Cafe

Radios Advertisements from Vintage Department Store Christmas Catalogs
- RF Cafe Cool Pic -

Cool Pic Archive Pages

| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 |

These images have been chosen for their uniqueness. Subject matter ranges from historic events, to really cool phenomena in science and engineering, to relevant place, to ingenious contraptions, to interesting products (which now has its own dedicated Featured Product category).

While searching for information on vintage model airplanes and rockets, I ran across these pages from 1930s era Christmas catalogs from the Spiegel and Sears Roebuck companies. I can remember as a kid in the 1960s carefully leafing through the Christmas Wish Books when they came in the mail, being sure not to miss a single control line airplane, slot car racing set, model train setup, BB gun, chemistry set, GI Joe action figure (although they weren't called that at the time), backyard tent and camping equipment, bicycle, mini bike, and a host of other "guy" stuff.

According to the 1933 Spiegel Christmas catalog, a tabletop 5-tube AC-DC radio from Philco plus an RCA Victor phonograph combo cost $49.95. It sure seems like a heck of a deal until you consider that the BLS CPI* inflation calculator says that price in 1933 is equivalent to $885.19 in 2012 dollars. For $39.95 ($707.97 in 2012), you could add an RCA Victor radio with "four mighty tubes" and a folding aerial to your horseless carriage!

The 1937 Sears Roebuck Christmas Wish Book offered a floor model Silvertone radio with 11 tubes (the newly announced 1938 model) for a mere $51.85. That's $829.52 in 2012 money. So, for about the same expenditure you could get a tabletop radio and phonograph combo or a furniture quality floor model radio. With three bands to choose from - 5.8 to 18 M.C. (megahertz) foreign, 1.7 to 6 M.C. shortwave, and 545 to 1,800 K.C. (kilohertz) - you wouldn't even need to have the television set turned on for continuous entertainment.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index

 

Radio Advertisement from the 1933 Spiegel Christmas Catalog - RF Cafe

Radio Advertisement from the 1933 Spiegel Christmas Catalog

 

 

Radio Advertisement from the 1937 Sears Roebuck Christmas Catalog - RF Cafe

Radio Advertisement from the 1937 Sears Roebuck Christmas Catalog

 

 

Posted September 22, 2012

RF Electronics Shapes, Stencils for Office, Visio by RF Cafe
RF Superstore (RF Components) - RF Cafe
Exodus Advanced Communications Best in Class RF Amplifier SSPAs
Anatech Electronics (RF Filters) - RF Cafe
Innovative Power Products Passive RF Products - RF Cafe

Please Support RF Cafe by purchasing my  ridiculously low−priced products, all of which I created.

These Are Available for Free

 

About RF Cafe

Kirt Blattenberger - RF Cafe Webmaster

Copyright: 1996 - 2024

Webmaster:

    Kirt Blattenberger,

    BSEE - KB3UON

RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling 2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit design engineer. The World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps while tying up your telephone line, and a nice lady's voice announced "You've Got Mail" when a new message arrived...

All trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other rights of ownership to images and text used on the RF Cafe website are hereby acknowledged.

My Hobby Website:

AirplanesAndRockets.com