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Ekco, E.K.Cole Ltd.; Southend-on-Sea

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Name: Ekco, E.K.Cole Ltd.; Southend-on-Sea    (GB)  
Abbreviation: ekco
Products: Model types Tube manufacturer

Ekco (Trade Mark), E.K.Cole Ltd.; Southend-on-Sea, GB.

Vertretung Schweiz: Willy Egli, Radioimport; Zürich

Founded: 1924
EKCO stands for Eric Kirkham Cole Limited (E.K. Cole Ltd). Eric Kirkham Cole and his girlfriend started making radio sets in 1924, they later married and in 1927 set up with funding from local businessmen, a new factory at Leigh-on-Sea, they expanded, first to premises owned by their various directors and then in 1930, to a very big new factory at Southend-on-Sea.
E.K. Cole undertook the manufacture of radio tubes for their own radios. In 1939 this commercial tube operation was taken over by Mullard. However the facility remained and was used to manufacture tubes for the armed services during the war.
Ekco produced also Air Interception radars for the RAF, Air to Surface Vessel sets for the Fleet Air Arm, amending these for installation in ships for the Royal Navy (and stopping the 100 valves jumping out of their sockets when guns were fired) and Search Light Control sets for the Army. Car radios, tape recorders and radiograms were added to the range of products.
1960 saw Ekco being taken over by PYE Ltd. From 1969 the factory no longer traded using the Ekco name but under the TV Manufacturing Ltd. banner. However this was short-lived and the company became PYE TMC Ltd.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
GB  45 A22 ECH35   
GB  47 A52 ECH35  3 x KW Released October 1947 price £28 7s 0d 
GB  35 AD 36 SP13  Round EKCO speziell für Bakelit entworfen von Wells Coates 
GB  34 157 DC SP20  Ekco´s first model exclusively for Radio Rentals. 
GB  29 Ekcolectric SGP3 [AC]   There is also a DC version.  
GB  29 Ekcolectric P2   Detector and pentode. Also DC model.  
GB  30 312 [AC] 354V  Metal Rectifier; also a DC version. 
GB  30 All Electric 313 [AC] S4VA  Uses a metal rectifier type C15. A choice of two external loudspeakers was offered - the ... 
GB  30 Ekcone LS1    
GB  30 Ekcoil LS2    
GB  31 All Electric Consolette RS3 [walnut] S4VA  not to be confused with the similar looking SH25; 
GB  32 All Electric Receiver M 23 [AC] PM24M  not to be confused with the similar looking RS2AC or RS2DC. Westinghouse C13 metal half-wa... 


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

Price Displaytbn_gb_ekco_price_display.jpg
Year: 1959tbn_ekco_logo.jpg
Das Logo ist von der Vorderseite des Modells A.110.tbn_gb_ekco_a.110_logo.jpg
Original Prospekt Titelseitetbn_uk_ekco_prospekt1939_front.jpg
Hersteller Prospekt 1939tbn_uk_ekco_price_list_1939.jpg
By courtesy of guest Ray Hayley-Barker, Rye, UK.tbn_ekco_folder_1953_p1.jpg
By courtesy of guest Ray Hayley-Barker, Rye, UK.tbn_ekco_folder_1953_p2.jpg
From Italian weekly magazine "Epoca", Mondadori, March 1958. Reassembled by Pier Antonio Aluffi to save space.tbn_gb_ekco_italy_adv.jpg


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