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Duck Co., J.J. and William B.; Toledo, OH

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Name: Duck Co., J.J. and William B.; Toledo, OH    (USA)  
Abbreviation: duck
Products: Model types

J. J. Duck Company
429 Saint Clair St.  (The 1909 World Almanac and Encyclopedia copyright 1908)
398-400 Saint Clair St.  (December, 1912 Popular Mechanics magazine pg 116)
Toledo, Ohio

William B. Duck Co.
430-432 Saint Clair St. (1914 William B. Duck Wireless catalog No. 8)
711 Adams Str. (November, 1924 The Radio Trade Directory page 80)
Toledo, OH

The Duck Co. started in Toledo in 1908 when William B., a lawyer who had developed an interest in wireless, went into the mail order radio parts business with his brother, John J., an electrical contractor. The company was initially called the J.J. Duck Company.

They sold all kinds of radio parts made to their specifications under the Duck brand name. In 1914, John withdrew to attend to his contracting business and the name was changed to the William B. Duck Co.

Duck was in a unique position when broadcasting began in 1921. He offered everything needed by the home constructor. Business boomed until 1925 when factory-made sets cut into the parts business for home builders. He operated radio station WHU in Toledo.

He struggled into the depression, but finally sold off his inventory and closed in 1932. He retired at the age of 52 and died in Marietta in 1952 at the age of 71.

In 1922 they used the 833 kHz broadcast frequency under the call sign WHU.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  25 A884   Three dials (primary tuning control knobs) 
USA  25 DeLuxe Balanced A884 [old]   Three dials (primary tuning control knobs) 
USA  26 DeLuxe Balanced A884 [new]   Three dials (primary tuning control knobs) 
USA  26 A885   Three dials (primary tuning control knobs) 
USA  26 A886   Three dials (primary tuning control knobs) 
USA  21 CQ Receiver UV201  Recommended add-on: 2 step RF amplifier RFQ, announced for May 1922. 
USA  23 CQA    
USA  21 RFH Receiver UV200  Matching LF Amplifier A214-D. 
USA  22 RFQ RF- Amplifier UV201  Matching the CQ Receiver. 
USA  21 Q Panel Receiving Set (Tuner)   Panel Set. Wave band by plug-in coils. 
USA  21 A212 Unit Panel Detector (Audion) UV200  Unit Panel. Tuner required. Goes together with A211, A213, A214. 
USA  21 A211 Unit Panel Short Wave Regenerative Tuner   Unit Panel. Detector (Audion with Regeneration) required. Goes together with A212, A213, A... 


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

May 1917 QST advertisementtbn_usa_duck_shortwave_ad_may1917qst.jpg
May 1921 radio News advertisementtbn_usa_duck_ad_may1921radionews.jpg
December 1922 The Wireless Age magazine advertisement page 100tbn_usa_duck_variometer_dec1922wirelessage_page_100.jpg
The 1909 World Almanac and Encyclopedia page IX (1908 Copyright) This 1908 ad is the earliest advertisement I have seen for the J. J. Duck Company.tbn_usa_jj_duck_1908_the_world_almanac_page_ix.jpg