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Federated Purchaser, Inc. (Acratone, Acratest); New York City (NY)

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Name: Federated Purchaser, Inc. (Acratone, Acratest); New York City (NY)    (USA)  
Abbreviation: federatedp
Products: Model types

Federated Purchaser, Inc.; 25 Park Place, New York City - Trade names: Acratest, Acratone, Cathedral Tone. Federated Purchaser was a mail-order outfit. Federated Purchaser has not to be confused with Federated Department Stores, Inc. which did own some stores like Filene's in Boston and Abraham and Straus in Brooklyn.


There's nothing in the 1935 or 1940 Poor's Manual, so it may have been a privately-owned corporation - on contrary of that, the catalog does say "Federated Purchaser, Inc.". Their 1935 catalog shows 8 locations ... Two of these addresses were used by Lafayette in 1961.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
USA  33 Discoverer 20-A [20-W] 58  The Federated Purchaser Acratone 20 Discoverer covers 15 to 200 meters with four plug-in c... 
USA  35 Acratone 324 58  Push-pull af output. 
USA  35 Acratone 6 Tube Super Auto Radio 51 6D6   
USA  35 Acratone Rambler 50 6D6  Walnut veneer. Covered 175 to 550 meters. 
USA  35 192 6D6  Advertised for "European use," it covered 20 to 550 and 850 to 2000 meters. 
USA  36 Acratone 157    
USA  36 Acratone 167-B    
USA  35 Acratone 144 32   
USA  35 Acratone 143 6A7  Covered 17 to 565 meters in three bands.  
USA  36 Acratone 163    
USA  36 Acratone 812    
USA  35 Acratone 228 1C6  Push-pull audio amplifier. Covered 17 to 550 meters in three bands.  


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

Federated Purchaser radio catalog no. 17 from 1934.tbn_federated_purchaser_1934.jpg
The frontpage of the Acratone catalog spring 1936tbn_usa_acratone_brand.jpg
Federated Purchaser 1938/1939 catalog covertbn_usa_federated1938catalog1.jpg