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COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT KILLERS

Now here's a Christmas thought, someone once jokingly said that during the 1950s and the 1960s every radio amateur licence came with a free Maxi-Q chassis punch and chisel set with which classic surplus radio equipment could be disfigured and systematically badged and ruined.       Having recently purchased a WS22 set that has had such treatment I can ruefully agree.

Those like minded individuals amongst you should therefore appreciate the following cartoon: -

WHY IS MY TORCH BULB CALLED LES & NOT TYLER OR CHARDONNET?

Had a query today from Finland about small Edison Screw bulbs, so, I thought I would supply interested parties with a listing of all ES bulb sizes so now you know why a bulb's name is MES or LES instead of DAVE or TYLER - Katie Hopkins, I love her, don't you - wonder what she would make of the Mullard Magic mug? 

DesignationBase diameter (thread external)NameIEC 60061-1 standard sheet
E5 5 mm Lilliput Edison Screw (LES) 7004-25
E10 10 mm Miniature Edison Screw (MES) 7004-22
E11 11 mm Mini-Candelabra Edison Screw (mini-can) (7004-6-1)
E12 12 mm Candelabra Edison Screw (CES) 7004-28
E14 14 mm Small Edison Screw (SES) 7004-23
E17 17 mm Intermediate Edison Screw (IES) 7004-26
E26 26 mm [Medium] (one-inch) Edison Screw (ES or MES) 7004-21A-2
E27 27 mm [Medium] Edison Screw (ES) 7004-21
E29 29 mm [Admedium] Edison Screw (ES)  
E39 39 mm Single-contact (Mogul- in America) Goliath Edison Screw (GES) 7004-24-A1
E40 40 mm (Mogul) Goliath Edison Screw (GES) 7004-24

 

SIMONSTONE - YOU HEARD IT IN THE MANCHESTER DAILY DESPATCH FIRST!

Today's excerpt from the Mullard archives reveals a dog eared and yellowing advance copy sheet from the Manchester Daily Despatch, now there's a name from the past: -

"Work will begin next month on the garden factory at Simonstone, near Burnley, the first to be built within the development area.  A spokesman for Mullard Ltd. said they hoped to have the factory in production within a year of starting to build.  He added "We shall be employing about 1200 men and women, a large proportion of men to work on our television commitments."

This article was published in the Tuesday 9th March  1954 edition of the Manchester Daily Despatch, a name many will not be familiar with unless over a certain age, well, this newspaper was started in 1900 by Ned Hulton, who had been sacked from The Guardian in 1872 for printing pirate news-sheets!

Interestingly, the newspaper had a daily circulation of 600,000 and Hulton's new printing premises at Manchester's Withy Grove in the very heart of the city became the biggest printing house in Europe, and continued to print right into the late 1980s.

You can see it today for the remains of his empire, and later of Robert Maxwell's vast newspaper business exist still as the newly refurbished Printworks entertainment and leisure complex in Withy Grove.

 Alas, the Manchester Daily Despatch ceased printing in March 1955 - barely a year after their article on Mullard was printed.


 

HO, HO, HO IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN

Well, here we are again, Yuletide jollifications abound and the season for goodwill to all men is now almost upon us  - even on the AudioKarma forum (...........see the latest NEWS entry).

In festive spirit, we bring you this topical and thermionic photo from 1954, courtesy of Mullard, phwoarr, I woudn't mind those AC044 she is holding in my stocking!