Radio News Magazine Feb. 1946
Transmitter used in the simultaneous radio range
equipment manufactured by the Wilcox-Gay Corp. for
CAA peace-time airways. Feature of the equipment
is that a single dial telephone operates the complete
equipment. Frequency of this service is between 200
to 400 kc. and has a service area of approximately
200 miles in diameter.
Above is the legend for the cover photo of this magazine,
published shortly after the close of World War II. Chock-full
of historical references, as well as radio information,
this issue of Radio News is a real testament to its times.
When the war ended, domestic radio manufacturers
were released from their wartime service to the US government,
and could turn their energies to consumer radio production.
At the same time, consumers sought the radios they had
been denied during the wartime embargo.
Although the need for propaganda had passed, some 1946
ads echoed familiar wartime themes. For example, a
Sprague advertisement in this issue shows an elaborate "city"
formed entirely of capacitors, with flames drawn
in the background. The caption reads:
How We "advertised" in Japan. Shown here are only 333 of
the 9,675 capacitor and Koolohm resistor types engineered
by Sprague and produced in 1944—most of them for war
requirements of the most exacting type.
Other parts of the ad feature a military-looking flag
and more jingoistic copy that trades on the company's
wartime manufacturing experience:
How good are Sprague Capacitors and Koolohm resistors?
Ask the Germans! Ask the Japs! From radar to the atom bomb
and VT (radio-controlled) fuze, those nations got the most
convincing evidence of electronic component quality the world has
ever seen. And were they convinced!
Today with Sprague Capacitors and Koolohm resistors coming back
on the civilian market in goodly quantities you'll also be
convinced—but in a much more pleasant way. Every Sprague
unit you now buy brings you the full benefit of a wartime engineering
record unsurpassed in the entire component field. Sprague
Capacitors and Koolohm resistors are tops—because an
unparalleled program of engineering makes them that way.
Sixty years later, a term like "Jap" is considered offensive. During the war, however,
it was commonplace in patriotic writing.