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SAMS Photofacts Schematics how to find, numbers years, dates

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Often  a collector who wants to repair is in need of a schematic.

To find and receive a given schematic was - and for many still is - quite a hassle when it is outside of for instance most Rider's. Much time and effort can be loosed and sometimes in vain. Often they cost also quite a substantial amount.

Our answer:

This was the reason why we made quite some financial efforts (mainly a 100% programmer since years) to organize the database in a way, that a given model page can be found easily - at least the ones we have created - in February 10, 2012 (now) it is 205 818 different models with 1 046 088 pictures incl. 466 900 printable schematic diagrams and 134 742 collector prices. Quite a number of members have made a big effort to get schematics, scan them, process and upload them to the model page. All together a model page is a dynamic and unique framework including direct links to the tubes involved etc.

In other words, the asset for a future of Radiomuseum.org (RMorg), without me paying all the time, lies not only in gathering together well organized data but also in the schematics, collector prices, pictures, articles etc.
We now get too many members which only want a schematic they can not find elsewhere - besides the hurdles built in to this process of getting a membership - and I have to offer a way that non members can buy schematics with a small payment. We want to keep a certain quality - for the benefit of all collectors and interested.

We do even more:

To find even more, we had created the "Schematic Finder" where one can see at least for the most used schematic collections some model information with date and availability of schematics - even if we have not yet uploaded. Thomas Albrecht keeps also a thread with other sources and suppliers of all sorts, also for schematics. You find there the biggest sites with schematics for free.

I collected all Rider's, Beitman's and SAMS Photofacts. But the Photofact sheets only up to the End of 1963 because we believe that from then on SAMS has copyrights in action. Unfortunately on the indexes of SAMS one can not find a date - and sometimes the date is of interest to date models. I therefore have at one time written down numbers and dates of Photofact sets to get this information roughly. What I have done yet, I list below.

Each set contains a number of schematic folders - each folder representing a model or many models with the same schematic. A photo of at least one of the cabinets is included (not always clear which one). Typically for a radio, a folder contains 4 to 6 pages, for TVs much more. One set, which is also an envelope, contains normally 10 to 20 different folders. Each set has its set number and as date a month and year. The numbering was different in 1946 and 1947, where the set number was not separated.

Folder numbers and years for SAMS Photofact folders

 
Folder sets   Number of Year
number from to sets for the year issued
1 10 10 1946
11 30 20 1947
31 52 22 1948
53 80 27 1949
81 118 38 1950
19 154 36 1951
155 189 35 1952
190 225 36 1953
226 261 36 1954
262 301 40 1955
302 341 40 1956
342 382 41 1957
383 425 43 1958
426 468 43 1959
469 512 44 1960
513 560 48 1961
561 611 51 1962
612 671 60 1963
672 731 60 1964
732 791 60 1965
792 857 66 1966
858 929 72 1967
930 1002 73 1968
1003 1075 73 1969
1076 1149 74 1970
1150 1224 75 1971
1225 1299 75 1972
1300 1375 76 1973
1376 1453 78 1974
1454 1533 80 1975
1534 1618 85 1976
1619 1703 84 1977
1704 1788 85 1978
1789 1873 85 1979
1874 1958 85 1980
1959 2044 85 1981
2045 2129 85 1982
2130 2214 85 1983
2215 2299 85 1984
2300 2385 85 1985
2386 2470 85 1986
2471 2555 85 1987
2556 2642 87 1988
2643 2730 88 1989
2731 2820 90 1990
2821 2916 96 1991

Depending on manufacturers delivery, the capacity at SAMS etc.,
the models could be from the same year - but also some years earlier!
The year indicates only when SAMS published.

 

It is interesting to see how SAMS got more and more to be the stronger source for schematics over the years and others had to give up. We do not offer schematics with copyright.
Members with SAMS from 1964 and later can legally only sell the original papers and should never upload here.

Number of Photofact sets delivered by SAMS for the beginning, June 1946 up to 1991.
For the last years (in maroon) I had here to guesswork and the figures are not always  correct.
An example is February 1991 - see below.

 

Some set numbers and their date:

2082 to 2087 = July 1982
2189, October 1983
2196, November 1983
2460, January 1987
2532, November 1987
2803, 2809 = February 1991
2916, December 1991
4493, October 2001
4613, August 2002
4624, August 2002
4770, August 2003
5341, February 2008

What we can do is to buy and scan/prepare schematics of this date from publications from the manufacturers or from original plans which went with the set etc. Offers for such material are welcome! You can use the bottom link "Contact" for such offers - to get the contact form.

  
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