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Champion Radio Tube Works

Champion Radio Tube Works, 140 Pine Street, Danvers, Massachusetts, USA

Champion Lamp Company, 140 Pine Street, Danvers, Massachusetts, USA


First seen: 10-Jan-1926
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! 


Champion variants:

 
C P
H I
A O
M N
201-A
1
Tube
{v1} Globe (s-14), short bakelite base, tipless,


variantname
Brand variant
variantname
variantname
 
variantname
variantname
{v1} "Champion" "201A" with envelope label.


By Heck variants:

 
B H
Y E
   C
   K
201-A
1
Tube
{v1} Globe (s-14), short bakelite base, tipless,


variantname
By Heck 201A
variantname
variantname
 
variantname
variantname
{v1} "By Heck" "201A".





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, 5-Apr-1928, pg 2[1]
[2]

Bibliography references:
  1. Boston Globe, 05-Apr-1928, pg. 2. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 21-Dec-2018. *

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