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Allied Radio Corp. (Knight, Roamer, Wextark); Chicago (IL)

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Name: Allied Radio Corp. (Knight, Roamer, Wextark); Chicago (IL)    (USA)  
Abbreviation: allied-rad
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Allied Radio Corp.; 833 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois - Trade names: Knight (Knight International), Lincoln, Polydyne, Roamer, Wextark. 1931 ARC-catalog shows the following addresses: for "Chicago sales" 711 W. Lake Street and for "General offices" 1903, Pershing Rd. both in Chicago, Ill.

The website

Allied Catalogs Com

is showing many Catalogs from Allied Radio Corporation, 711 W. Lake St., Chicago, beginning 1929 (before they did no catalogs) to nearly present. You can browse all single pages per catalog and look at the official pictures, prices etc. The owner of that site - and member here - has given us the right to use the catalog pictures he scanned for showing on the model pages.

The "in house" brand tubes offered by the company were Knight and Hylon. Manufacturer not known. As well as these, several brands such as Arcturus, Cunningham, Duovac, Marathon and Sonatron were also listed in the catalogues.

Founded: 1928

Simon Wexler founded Columbia Radio Corporation in 1921 and sold crystal sets.

1928: Allied Radio was established as the radio parts distribution arm of Columbia Radio Corporation. The company was soon to become one of the most recognizable names in the electronics industry.

1932: The company built a growing business in marketing radio parts and kits to home hobbyists, and was one of the first to sell electronics through a catalog. In addition, Allied opened storefront distribution outlets to reach more amateur ham radio operators and experimenters.

1941-45: Having survived the depression, Allied focused on the war effort, primarily servicing government contracts and high-priority industrial orders. Allied gained experience in the industrial arena for the first time through government and military contracts, which laid the groundwork for the distribution niche we occupy today.

1946-60: The electronics industry exploded as new developments in electronics were adopted on a widespread basis in commerce and industry. Innovations such as television, industrial automation, space technology and defense accelerated the need for electronics. Consumer demand also grew as radio sets and components not available during the war proliferated. During this exciting era, Allied gained both the experience and specialized staff necessary to handle both consumer and industrial sales.

1962: The first industrial catalog for Allied Electronics, a subsidiary of Allied Radio, was released. The company continued to serve both amateur and professional ham radio operators as one of the few places to locate that "hard to get" piece of radio equipment.

1970: Allied has 21 regional locations. Allied moved its headquarters from Chicago, Illinois to Fort Worth, Texas because 1970 marked the year when Radio Shack's parent company, the Tandy Corporation, purchased Allied Electronics and Allied Radio. On the consumer side, the new firm became known as Allied Radio Shack. Allied Electronics, with their new "computerized order tracking systems," boasted the highest percentage of filled orders in the country.

1972: The catalog is now a treasure trove for persons tracking down old components when trying to restore old professional and industrial equipment. Essex/Stancor, UTC, Switchcraft, Dialco, Arrow-Hart, Sprague, Fairchild, Robertshaw, Centralab, Belden, Sigma, Magnecraft, C. P. Clare, Amphenol, Shure, Electro-Voice, Sola, Simpson, Superior Electric, Hurst, RCA, Elmenco, ADC, H. H. Smith, are only some of the brand names represented. Interspersed with the major pro names were Micronta, Realistic, and other Radio Shack "consumer level" house brands.

1981: Allied began the process of moving from an all manual system to a fully computerized company. The process was completed in 1985.

1995: Allied is the first electronics distribution company to come out with a CD-ROM catalog and quickly followed-up by entering the e-commerce arena with the launch of a web site. 1999: Allied Electronics acquired by Electrocomponents of the United Kingdom. Some is from:

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  50 10C-249 6BA6   
USA  32 AVC Super 118 235   
USA  49 11B 278 6BA6   
USA  47 10C 300 6BA6   
USA  32 Knight 12 Tube Super 58   
USA  49 Knight 14F490 6BA6   
USA  49 Knight 14F495 6BA6   
USA  51 Knight 14F496 6BA6   
USA  51 19F 492 6BA6   
USA  51 19F 497 6BA6   
USA  51 19F 498 6BA6   
USA  50 4B-170 1A7GT  Selenium Rectifier. 


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

from Radio News, March 1929, p.801tbn_allied.gif
Allied's Handbook of Transistor Fundamentalstbn_usa_allied_understandingtransistors_handbook.jpg
Allied Radio Catalog Spring and Summer 1934tbn_usa_allied_radio_catalog_1934.jpg
Allied Radio Catalog No. 107 - 1942tbn_usa_allied_radio_catalog_1942.jpg
Allied Radio Catalog Supplement No. 122tbn_usa_allied_radio_supplement_142_catalog.jpg
Catalog cover 1993tbn_usa_allied_1993_cover.jpg
Catalog cover 2003tbn_usa_allied_2003_cover.jpg
Manufacturer documentationtbn_usa_alliedradiocorp_catalogue_1929.jpg

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Allied Radio Catalog Archive (1929-1982)
Mike Dalessio

The new & improved website has been launched!

ALLIED RADIO & ELECTRONICS CATALOG ARCHIVE is an archive of old Allied catalogs from 1929-1982...and much more!

Over the years, the company name changed to included: Allied Radio, Allied/RadioShack, Schaak Electronics/Allied Electronics, Allied Electronics, and (currently) Allied Electronics & Automation. This site is a century-long history of Allied as viewed through their fascinating catalogs.

What's unique about THIS site is that you will be able to view these old Allied Radio & Electronics publications in a page-flipping format ...year by year by page.

Use this archive of Allied publications to research Allied products, see the progression of electronics technology, or just reminisce. Enjoy!

No external links please!

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