Champion Radio Tube Works
Champion Radio Tube Works, 140 Pine Street, Danvers, Massachusetts, USA
Champion Lamp Company, 140 Pine Street, Danvers, Massachusetts, USA
Last seen: 16-Feb-1935
Brand(s): Champion, By Heck
Champion Tube works, aka Champion Lamp Company, was a true manufacturer of tubes, as well as incandescent lamps. Sometime around the end of 1925, Champion began offering its brand of 'Champion' tubes, whos variants are found here. In addition, Champion offered branded tubes for resale.
Recent deep searches of over 4hrs turned up what is the first advertising discovered for 'By Heck' radio tubes.
'By Heck' has always been sought after for it's hillbilly box art, but until now there were no clues to who made the tube or even where it was made. See the advertisement that proves they are Champion made!
By Heck variants:
For four days, in April 1928, Raymond's Mail Order advertised in the Boston Globe for 'By Heck' tubes. It's not clear if they were made exlusively for Raymond's or for other retailers, however, they list the maker as 'Champion Lamp Co., Danvers, Mass.'
These ads represent the only known information about this tube and it's linkage to Champion. ~Chris Benson
- Boston Globe, 05-Apr-1928, pg. 2. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 21-Dec-2018. *