I'm guessing most RF Cafe visitors
who are more than 50 years old are familiar with, and even have seen, the Sams Photofacts
packages of documentation for consumer electronics appliances that include televisions,
radios, phonographs, clock-radios, tape recorders/player, amplifiers, etc. Most
electronics service shops couldn't have existed with them since many manufacturers
did not distribute technical and service data to anyone who was not a certified,
sanctioned dealer. Howard Sams, the company's founder, did the equivalent for electronics
of what Chilton did
for cars and trucks. They basically reverse engineered models bought off a showroom
floor and documented them to where almost anyone with a familiarity with the technology
could successfully troubleshoot, repair, and align the system. This particular full-page
advertisement from a 1958 issue of Radio & TV News magazine features the
man himself, Howard W. Sams, so now you'll recognize him if you pass him on the
Here are a few PhotoFact ads from vintage electronics magazine:
Sams PhotoFact 5/56,
Sams PhotoFact 4/48,
Sams PhotoFact May '48,
Howard W. Sams & Co. Ad
Free! from Howard W. Sams ...
these valuable all-steel file cabinets with your purchase of
Photofact the world's finest TV-Radio Service Data
Now - For Photofact Subscribers! You can get these File Cabinets Absolutely Free
from Howard W. Sams if you are a regular subscriber to Photofact and buy each Set
as issued monthly ...
Now - for Photofact Library Purchasers! You can get Free File Cabinets as you
complete your Photofact Library. What's more, you can own the Photofact Library
the New Easy-Buy Way: There's no interest. There's no carrying charge. And Howard
W. Sams will give you Absolutely Free all the steel file cabinets you'll need for
Take advantage of this money-saving opportunity. See your Sams Distributor today,
or write to Howard W. Sams for full details ...
Free file cabinets
New easy-buy plan
Howard W. Sams & Co., Inc.
2203 E. 46th St., Indianapolis 5, Indiana
__ Send me full details on your Free File cabinet offer and Easy-Buy Plan.
__ I'm a Service Technician: __ full time; __ part time
My Distributor is: ________________________________
Shop Name: ____________________________________
City __________________ Zone _______ State ____________________
Posted January 20, 2020