|Name:||Sparks-Withington Co., (Sparton); Jackson, Michigan (USA)|
Sparks-Withington Co., (Sparton); Jackson, Michigan.
|Production:||1925 - 1958|
The Sparton Corporation was founded as the Withington Company in 1900 in Jackson, Michigan, by Philip and Winthrop Withington. William Sparks became the third partner in the business a few years later and the company name was changed to the Sparks-Withington Company. Sparks-Withington began as a small manufacturer of steel parts for agricultural implements but as the automobile revolution began to sweep through Michigan in the early part of the century, Sparks-Withington added steel automotive stampings like hub caps and brake drums to their product line. By 1909, the company was manufacturing car radiator cooling fan assemblies, which quickly became a major part of the company's production output, reaching 275,000 units by 1917. It was during this period that Sparks-Withington began to make use of the trade name "Sparton," a contraction of the company name and an evocation of the disciplined Spartans of Ancient Greece. The company's first major product innovation came in 1911 when the all-electric car horn was developed by Sparks-Withington engineers. The Hudson Automobile Company soon adopted the Sparton electric horn as standard equipment for its automobiles, replacing the optional bulb horns that had characterized the early era of the automobile. Radio and Television Production in the 1930s and 1940s The Sparks-Withington Company was officially incorporated in Ohio in 1916 and then reincorporated in 1919 when shares in the company began to be sold on the New York Stock Exchange. After a brief period of military production during World War I, Sparks-Withington used its growing expertise in the electronics field to bring out a line of battery powered radios, followed in 1926 by production of the country's first all-electric radio, promoted as "Radio's Richest Voice." While many American companies suffered during the Great Depression, Sparks-Withington expanded. In 1930, the company formed a wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, Sparton of Canada, Ltd., to introduce the Sparton radio line in Canada.
Sparks-Withington Co.; Jackson, Michigan. - Trade names Jewel, Sparton. 1934/35 Sparton made also the tube VG-1 also called VisoGlo, a glow discharge tube (glow tube, glow light tube) as a tuning indicator (see Sparton Model 83) before the magic eye.
Sparton brand radios were produced by the Sparks-Withington Co. of Jackson Michigan. Originally involved in the manufacturing of automotive parts (particularly horns and radiator fans), the company had been formed in 1900 by General W. H. Withington and his sons Philip and Winthrop. William Sparks, a young immigrant from England joined the company shortly after it was formed.
|USA||50||Sparton 4944 Ch= 24TB10||6BH6||TV Receiver with 16" b/w CRT. TV Chassis 24TB10 and Power Supply Chassis 3TB10. Cha...|
|USA||50||Sparton 4945 Ch= 24TB10||6BH6||TV Receiver with 16" b/w CRT. TV Chassis 24TB10 and Power Supply Chassis 3TB10. Cha...|
|USA||36||Sparton 557-X blue ch= 517 [export model]||6A7||So called "Sled", blue mirror glass. Export version for 50Hz mains at 95 to 250 V. ...|
|USA||36||Sparton 516 [1 band]||Wood with chrome.|
|USA||25/26||Sparton 5-26 Console [THREE tuning knobs]||C-201A||For model 5-26, Sparks-Withington made a cabinet version (table model) and a Consolette...|
|USA||26/27||Sparton 110 AC table cabinet||C-401||The Sparton model 110 AC is probably Sparton's first AC radio. It is a battery radi...|
|USA||28/29||Sparton 69 Equasonne Cabinet Set||C-485||Combination of model 69 plus a table like high boy console. The Sparton 69 and 69-A E...|
|USA||31||Sparton 610A||424A||Push-pull audio amplifier.|
|USA||30||Sparton AR-19A||236||One dial (primary tuning control knob)|
|USA||26–30||Sparton Speaker||Sparton sold also at least one model as an open speaker with cast metal base and stand....|
|USA||28–30||Sparton 29 Equasonne Cabinet Speaker||The text of a Sparton flier from 1928 reads: "This perfectly balanced Equasonne bu...|
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