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Tectron Radio Corporation

Tectron Radio Corporation, 1270 Broadway, New York, New York, USA

d/b/a Blue Ribbon Radio Vacuum Tubes, 1270 Broadway, New York, New York, USA {bef Jan-1927}


First seen: 10-Aug-1924
Last seen: 02-May-1933

Brand(s): Tectron, Blue Ribbon


The first mention of 'Tectron' that I found appears in the Philadelphia Inquirer late in the summer of 1924.

This timing aligns with the expiration of the Fleming patent. There are almost certainly no examples of full amp or tipped version of Tectron tubes, given the timing of their appearance. It was tempting, based on evidence, to place them as an OEM, relabelling their tubes as others typically did, but their persistance in the marketplace and lawsuit against RCA in 1933 suggest they were a manufacturing company.  Their Blue Ribbon brand appeared late, probably around xmas 1926.


Blue Ribbon Radio Vacuum Tubes from Tectron Radio Corp mentioned in 5000 Trade Names, pg. 12
Tectron variants:

 
T
E
C
T
R
O
N
Type 201-A
1
Tube
{v1} Globe, brass base, tipless, ink stamped



Tectron Type 201-A
 
 
 
 

{v1} "Tectron" "Type 201-A" with ink stamped base.[1]




Blue Ribbon variants:

 
   R
B I
L B
U B
E O
   N
201-A
1
Tube
{v1} Globe, short bakelite base, tipless,


variantname
Blue Ribbon 201-A
 
 
 
 

{v10} "Blue Ribbon" "201-A".


{The links to place Blue Ribbon brand tubes with Tectron still need to be written up.}

Blue Ribbon brand 201A tubes started at a dollar and ended a year later at 49 cents each. They were likely made in small numbers to satisfy a branding request by perhaps Laweence Auto Supply Co. of Marion, Ohio.

These are rather scarce tubes, and perhaps even rare.

 



Bibliography references:
  1. eBay Auction listings 2018.
  2. The Philidelphia Inquirer, 10-Aug-1924, pg. 42. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 16-Feb-2019. 
  3. The Saint Louis Star & Times, 26-Dec-1924, pg. 13. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 16-Feb-2019.
  4. The Dayton Herald, 06-Feb-1925, pg. 32. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 16-Feb-2019.
  5. The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, 20-Feb-1925, pg. 10. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 16-Feb-2019.
  6. The Saint Louis Star & Times, 13-Nov-1925, pg. 5. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 16-Feb-2019.
  7. The Marion Star, Marion, OH, 20-Mar-1926, pg. 10. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 16-Feb-2019.
  8. The Minneapolis Star, 03-Sep-1926, pg. 18. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 16-Feb-2019.
  9. The Cincinnati Enquirer, 02-May-1933, pg. 18. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 16-Feb-2019.
  10. The Talking Maching World, Jan-1927, pg. 110. From AmericanRadioHistory.com. Retrieved 06-May-2019
  11. The Marion Star, Marion, OH, 05-Mar-1927, pg. 5. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 16-Feb-2019
  12. The Detroit Free Press, 05-Aug-1927, pg. 5. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 16-Feb-2019.
  13. The Dayton Daily News, 07-Oct-1927, pg. 34. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 16-Feb-2019.
  14. Detroit Free Press, 28-Apr-1928, pg 5. From Newspapers.com. Retrieved 16-Feb-2019.

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