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Maybe it comes from having crossed the half-century Rubicon (14 years ago as of this writing), but with increasing frequency I find myself seeking out vintage magazines to learn how the world used to be. I am a realist who has no misconceptions about how things used to be idyllic and that today is utter debauchery, but it is apparent from a lot of the publications that we surely have changed significantly in the last 50+ years - better in some ways, worse in others. Technologically we are much better off; societally, not so much.

For many years I have been purchasing of WWII era QST and other electronics magazine titles listed on eBay. I do the same thing for vintage model magazines on my Airplanes and Rockets website. Selected articles and advertisements are scanned and posted. A lot of the information is timeless in its application since the fundamentals of electronics and flying models never change.


RF Cafe - September 1942 QST CoverThe company advertisements from the World War II era are very interesting in that they oft times include a theme that proudly proclaims their commitment to America and her Allies' victory in the effort. Many familiar faces are seen in the ads, some of the country's longest existing electronics companies: RCA, Triplett Instruments, IRC, Raytheon. Below are a few that I scanned from the September 1942 (less than a year after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor), and September 1943 editions of the American Radio Relay League's "QST" magazine.

 

RF Cafe - February 1943 QST CoverRF Cafe - Bliley Technologies website 2011Of particular interest to me is the Bliley Electric Company, which is located right here in Erie, PA, about 5 miles from my house. Today the name is Bliley Technologies, I suppose as a perceived need to modernize the company image. What has not changed is Bliley's products - crystals, oscillators, and other frequency generation items. Here is a nice slideshow of their production facility. Do you wonder what the Greek word "κρυσταλλος" at the top of the ad translates to? It is "crystal ice!"

 

BTW, Bliley is not the only well-known electronics manufacturer in Erie. Spectrum Control (now API Technology) is headquartered here, too.

Bliley Electric Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe

Bliley Electric
(κρυσταλλος = crystal ice)
September 1942 QST

Amperex Electronic Products Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe

Amperex Electronic Products
September 1942 QST

Eimac Tubes Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe

Eimac Tubes
(Eitel-McCullough, Inc.)
September 1942 QST

Hallicrafters Company Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe

Hallicrafters Company
September 1942 QST

Hammarlund Manufacturing Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe

Hammarlund Manufacturing
September 1942 QST

IRC Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe

IRC
(International Resistance Company)
September 1942 QST

Ohmite Manufacturing Company Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe

Ohmite Manufacturing Company
September 1942 QST

Raytheon Manufacturing Company Advertisement from February 1943 QST - RF Cafe

Raytheon Manufacturing Company
February 1943 QST

Raytheon Manufacturing Company Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe

Raytheon Manufacturing Company
September 1942 QST

Radio Corporation of America Advertisement from February 1943 QST - RF Cafe

RCA Transmitting Tubes
(Radio Corporation of America)
February 1943 QST

Speer Carbon Company Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe

Speer Carbon Company
September 1942 QST

Sprague Specialties Company Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe

Sprague Specialties Company
September 1942 QST

Taylor Tubes Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe

Taylor Tubes
September 1942 QST

Thordarson Electric Manufacturing Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe

Thordarson Electric Manufacturing
September 1942 QST

Triplett Electrical Instrument Advertisement from September 1942 QST - RF Cafe

Triplett Electrical Instrument Co.
September 1942 QST

Hallicrafters Ad from the July 1944 QST - RF Cafe

Hallicrafters
July 1944 QST

   

 

 

Posted June6, 2025
(updated from original post on 7/8/2019)

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