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Blog posts of '2014' 'August'

WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF VALVES - TIME FOR A RESTOCK!

Only kidding, but, having looked at website listings, it seems we are due for a restock and this will be happening sometime during October once the NEW IMPROVED MULLARD MAGIC WEBSITE goes live - wahey!

 

 

 

THE MULLARD B9A ENVELOPE MAKING MACHINE

Today's delve into the Mullard Blackburn archive reveals that with the advent of the P series TV valves and their popularity that a means of increasing production and reducing lead time was required.  This was achieved by the introduction of a new B9A envelope making machine that was sourced from Philips Herleen.    The photo below shows this delightfully complex rotary machine below: -



And here is an X ray pictogram of a finished PCF80, the envelope from which was blown on this very machine.

 

 

 

 

A POEM

What do you all think to Stephen King, some interesting horror books to be sure which all gel into a form of one-ness after a while but still enjoyable none the less.  To my mind, his early works published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman are his best works.    

I do know that Stephen's output dipped a little after a horrific accident where he was struck down by a hit and run driver but he still writes.... and to think he has even written a poem for Mullard Magic - at least I think its him, yes, The Stephen King, a customer who has purchased a vibrator for a car valve radio - could it possibly be for for Christine?   And he's written a poem and sent it here all the way from Florida.   Oho, I hear you say, but SK lives at Portland, Maine, quite so but he also has his winter mansion in Sarasota.     Tell you, I'm sure it's him you know, anyhow, here's the poem: -

Tesla perfected induction,

Marconi designed the contraption.

Hertz smiled with glee

as Morse tapped his key,

and wireless went into production….

 

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The Drake once said to the Swan-

‘’Your time in this shack is not long,

Your dial lights are dim

Your cans need a trim

 

KERACOLOR TELEVISIONS A 1970s ICON THATS AS GOOD IN BUXUS AS WELL AS GRP!

In 1966, Eero Aarnio’s futuristic Ball Chair made regular appearances on the ITC television series The Prisoner as Number Two’s seat. This design icon is believed to have been the inspiration for the Keracolor television range introduced in 1970.

 

The Keracolor brand was the brainchild of Arthur Bracegirdle, a designer and businessman who in conjunction with a talented television engineer in the form of Howard Taylor, managed to come up with a commercially viable design that married the Decca 10 series chassis along with a Mullard colour into a futuristically spherical shaped cabinet.

The choice of the name Keracolor is interesting on two counts, the first being that the wording ‘color’ – neither of the inventors were either American or unable to spell for the “U” in KERACOLOR was left out for aesthetic reasons – in order for the brand name to look symmetrical when displayed adjacent to other controls on the side of the set; and secondly, the aetiology of the name which is derived from the Greek keraunos - meaning “thunderbolt”.  The Keracolor brand was at the time described as being “synonymous in the television industry with the very latest and most modern and up-to-date design concept in the world.”

Although I have never bought a Keracolour TV, I did buy a car from the Arthur's son Graham when he was working at a swanky Italian sportscar dealership in rural Cheshire.

Many people remember Keracolor sets fondly and this Cotswolds’ chap has immortalized these striking sets with a rather impressive garden topiary.