September 1942 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.
There was a time when we did
not take the availability and abundance of everything for granted. Most of us have
parents or grandparents who were around during World War II that can tell stories
of ration stamps for certain food and clothing items, fuel, tires,
and other things. I have a few given to me by my grandfather. Many industries, including
electronics manufacturing, were strongly
encouraged or required to dedicate all efforts toward war production. Crosley Corporation,
based in Cincinnati, Ohio, was no exception. A notice of Crosley abandoning their
1943 line of commercial radios to make way for military radios appeared in the September
1942 edition of Radio-Craft magazine. This is of particular interest to
me since I just completed the restoration of a 1941 vintage
Crosley 03CB floor console radio. It means I probably have one
of the last pre-war models of a Crosley radio!
Crosley Scraps 1943 Line for Military Radios
When the Crosley Corporation was compelled by the necessity for all-out war production
to discontinue its manufacture of household radio receivers as well as all its other
peace-time industrial products, it became necessary to make a clean sweep of its
peace-time industrial equipment.
Crosley is still building radio receivers and transmitters, but the radio equipment
which it is now making for the U. S. Signal Corps, the U. S. Coast Guard, the U.
S. Army Air Forces, and other branches of the armed services differs so greatly
from any of the peace-time radio equipment it had been making previously that they
might as well be an entirely different type of product.
Crosley had been producing the most modern type of household radio receivers,
including radio-phonograph combinations, portables, frequency-modulation sets, as
well as the cabinet consoles and table receivers.
Unlike some other manufacturers, Crosley introduced its 1943 line of household
receivers on which development and reception work had been on the way since last
fall only a few weeks before the order to discontinue manufactures and home receivers
became effective. This provided Crosley distributors with the most up-to-date types
of household receivers and was largely responsible for the fact that Crosley radio
sales for the first several months of 1942 far exceeded those of the industry as
a whole for the same period. Production is now well advanced at the various Crosley
plants in Ohio and Indiana on the most modern type of military radio transmitters
and receivers. These incorporate a number of new features not previously utilized
in sets of this kind.
Secrecy necessarily surrounds the nature and details of the receivers and transmitters
now being built for the armed services, but into them have been incorporated all
of the most modern discoveries and developments that have been made in radio.
Whole floors in the Crosley plants have been turned over to the exclusive production
of military radio transmitters and receivers. Production is now on in full tilt,
and the completed sets are pouring out of the factory at a rapid rate.
Posted July 27, 2021
(updated from original post on 12/2/2014)