According to the Wikipedia
Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) was a professional organization which existed
from 1912 until December 31, 1962. On January 1, 1963 it merged with the
American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) to form the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)." The IRE's annual
convention, quite often held in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, was
the equivalent to what is (was) today (except 2020 and likely 2021, 2022, ...) the
IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS). Product vendors hacked their
wares, technical presentations were made, and professional liaisons were made. A
visit to the IMS 2021 website shows they are
pretending as if there really will be a physical show in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia
is one of the 14 states which as of December
do not require face masks, but odds are by June 2021 the entire country will
be sporting face diapers per Federal mandate.
1954 IRE National Convention and Radio Engineering Show
The eye-opening event of the radio-electronic
For the past 12 months the vast, fast-growing radio-electronic industry has been
preparing for 4 great days - March 22-25. This is when the IRE National Convention
and Radio Engineering Show - the biggest and best ever - will take place in New
York City. Be sure to join the other radio-electronic men - nearly 40,000 are expected
- who will come, see and appraise the show at which all that is new will be unveiled.
A practical summary of radio-electronic progress will be unfolded at 54 technical
sessions during the four-day period. 243 scientific and engineering papers, grouped
by related interests, will be presented during these sessions, more than half of
which are organized by IRE professional groups. Actually, you will be attending
21 conventions fused into one. New York's finest meeting facilities are provided
- the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel plus 3 huge halls in Kingsbridge Armory. Transportation
between the two locations is quick, easy - by subway and bus service.
At the show you will find over 600 firms "spotlighting the new" in their high-interest
product exhibits. These will extend over a mile and a half along avenues appropriately
named for radio elements: "Instruments," "Components," "Airborne," "Radar," "Transistor,"
"Audio," "Microwave," etc. These exhibits, an education and revelation in themselves,
fill the four-acre space of the great Kingsbridge Armory ... and can be viewed throughout
anyone or all of the four days.
Admission is by registration only, and serves for the four-day period. For IRE
members the cost is only $1.00. For non-members it is a low $3.00, covering sessions
and exhibits. Social events have been carefully planned. These are priced separately.
March 22-25, 1954
is the date! New York is the city where the radio-electronic event of the year
will take place. Come! See! Enjoy!
The 1954 IRE National Convention and Radio Engineering Show
The Institute of Radio Engineers
1 East 79th Street, New York City
Posted January 7, 2021