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Western Electric Company Inc.; New York (NY)

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Name: Western Electric Company Inc.; New York (NY)    (USA)  
Abbreviation: western-el
Products: Model types Tube manufacturer

Western Electric Company Inc., Broadway 195, New York (NY).
Global activities as 'International Western Electric Company'.

Famous for Tubes: the 215-A was the first mass production miniature tube (early 20s),derived from the first peanut tube (end of WW1); licence manuf. in GB as WECOVALVE by ST&C, and in Austria by Czeija,Nissl&Co.; Ref.: Tyne et al.

Production: 1913 -
Documents about this manufacturer/brand
  Storia del Transistor - 1° parte (Per cortesia di L.Salvatore/ARM) 1054 KB
  Storia del Transistor - 2° parte (Per cortesia di L.Salvatore/ARM) 1554 KB
  Storia del Transistor - 3° parte (Per cortesia di L.Salvatore/ARM) 1246 KB
  Storia del Transistor - 4° parte (Per cortesia di L.Salvatore/ARM) 1031 KB
In 1907/08 the laboratories of the 'American Telegraph and Telephone Co.' (AT&T) in Boston and the 'Western Electric Company Inc.' in New York and Chicago was decided to be consolidated into the New York building of the 'Western Electric Company Inc.' on the corner Bethune Street/West Street. Both laboratories was supervised by the 'Western Electric Company Inc.', but both of the companies remained individual in commercial, development and patent activities.
In 1924 the European activities was covered by the 'Western Electric Company, Ltd.' in London, England.
Representative for Middle and Eastern Europe was E.O.Zwietusch in Berlin, Germany, Potsdamer Str.123b.

In 1883 the company opened a branch office and a small store in London. There was already a branch operating in Antwerp, Belgium. The company's office moved to Norfolk House, Victoria Embankment, London WC in 1918. The exact location of the original office and store is not known. In 1898 they acquired a failing cable factory in North Woolwich, London. An 1899 advertisement shows that the company was making vulcanized cables, electric motors and insulators, among other products. The advertisement also showed offices in Antwerp and Paris.   

The British company expanded rapidly and a new factory complex was acquired in New Southgate in 1922. Radio and tube manufacture was introduced later in the same year and continued until 1925 when the International Western Electric Company was acquired by ITT. The concern was transfered to the International Standard Electric Corporation in New York and the British company name was changed to Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd. 

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  18 Sub-Chaser Radiotelephone Set CW-936   The Western Electric CW-936 Radiotelephone set was developed by Western Electric for the D... 
USA  22/23 10-A Loud Speaking Telephone Outfit 216A  Consisting of Amplifier 7A and horn speaker 518W; optional AC power supply 2-A.&nb... 
USA  25 Amplifier 17-B 102D   
USA  29 32-A Amplifier 231D  The Rider's schematic is in error: what is called "repeating coil" is in fact the 110 VAC ... 
USA  29 41-A Preamplifier 239A  Unit is part of wide range cinema amplifier system, 
USA  29 42-A Amplifier 205D   
USA  29 43-A Amplifier 211  Professional cinema amplifier 
USA  25–28 45-A 205D  The 45A is similar to the 25A plus a built-in +B supply. One 205D acts as an audio amplifi... 
USA  29 46-A 239A   
USA  23 48   Probably a typo in Radio Collector`sGuide 1921-32. Should read 4B instead. See there. 
USA  26 6004C    
USA  29 8-B    


Further details for this manufacturer by the members (rmfiorg):

1930 adtbn_us_westernelectric_1930ad.jpg
Research Laboratory Building 1923 (together with AT&T labs in same building 3'000 employees)tbn_usa_we_lab_building.jpg
aufgenommen im Radiomuseum Bellinghamtbn_usa_western_el_transistor.jpg
Thanks for Első Zalai Rádiómúzeum Alapítvány, First Zala County Radio Museum Foundation.tbn_usa_westernel_540aw_4b_8a_compl.jpg
QST November 1931tbn_western_electric_qst_1131.png
Radio Engineering January 1932tbn_western_electric_re_132.png
Radio Engineering October 1931tbn_western_electric_re_1031.png
Experimental installation (transmitter) in the research laboratories of the Western Electric Co. of Schenectady (NY)tbn_us_western_electric_co_tv_test_2.jpg
Western Electric Company Television Receiver. It is interesting to observe the spiral on which the holes of the disc are placed. From Italian magazine "L'Illustrazione Italiana" Trevis editor, number 32, August 1930.tbn_us_western_electric_co_tv_test_1.jpg


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