Not everyone is into radio history, so items
like this advertisement for Sparton Radio's Model 60 Short-Wave Receiver which appeared
in the April 1932 issue of QST will not invoke much or any interest. On
the other hand, there is a large contingent of hobbyists and professionals who enjoy
seeing these historical snapshots of the places from whence we have come technically.
Products like radios, kitchen appliances, automobiles, etc., were constructed very
robustly with metal, wood, and fabric. No cheap plastic will be found anywhere,
but maybe not for the reason you think - plastic as we know it today had not entered
the commercial marketplace yet. In fact, many "modern" plastic formulas and processes
were a closely held military secrets until the end of World War II.
April 1932 QST
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
QST, published December 1915 - present (visit ARRL
for info). All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
Sparton Model 60 Short-Wave Converter Radio Advertisement
World-Wide Reception with true Sparton Quality
No Coils or Connections to Change
With the new Sparton Model 60 Short-Wave Converter you can transform and standard
AC broadcast receiver into a short-wave Superheterodyne by simply plugging into
light socket and connecting the aerial and ground wires.
There are no coils to plug in or take out. Frequency changes are made automatically
by the Sparton Band Selector Switch, permitting rapid selections of the frequency
Long experience and outstanding success on the development of short-wave receivers
for police work was of great value to Sparton engineers in producing the new Sparton
Short-Wave Converter and the new Sparton Multi-Wave sets.
Sparton Automobile Radio has been adopted by more police departments than any
other make. And these new Multi-Wave Spartons are certain to be the first choice
of discriminating radio listeners who demand true Sparton quality and performance
in both long and short wave reception.
The Sparks-Withington Company
(Established in 1900)
Jackson, Michigan, U.S.A.
Only Sparton has the Musical Beauty of Sparton
Posted November 10, 2021
(updated from original post on 4/30/2013)