Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
On Podcast 75, we talk about some of the great electronic mail-order parts and supply houses of the past. Companies such as Allied, Lafayette, and Newark, issued regular catalogs filled with everything from single parts such as tubes and resistors, to entire Hi-Fi Systems, Televisions, and powerful Communications Receivers.
In the era of the 1940's and 1950's, the catalogs featured colorful covers with beautiful artwork. Allied in particular, had very attractive covers. Often, the topic of the covers was the promise of a better world through electronics, and in the later 50s, the conquest of space.
We have posted a number of these covers as examples of this beautiful artwork. Please go to the "Electronic Catalog Artwork" album on our Facebook page, and enjoy the artwork of an era gone by, when electronics offered so many promises for the future, and the enthusiasm for the conquest of space was at an all time high.