The RadioShack Catalog Archive, 1939-Present

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Joel from BBG dug up a great find this morning—the Radio Shack Catalog Archive, which archives the offerings of the tinkerer's temple turned cheap cellphone store starting from the grand ol' age of 1939.

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Within you will find pages filled with tubes, insulators, connectors, sockets, coils, Hammarlund condensers—all that went into the 30s' 40s' and 50s' basement ham radio and space alien communcation projects. I also think I've spotted every component from my dad's old stereo system—the one I spent my youth knob-twiddling and staring at the backlit moving needles. Why don't stereo's have needle-gauges anymore? That makes me sad.

Dude's collection is pretty impressive, but if you have any old catalogs laying around that can fill in his early 40s and 50s gaps, I am sure he would be happy to hear from you. [RadioShack Catalog Archive via Boing Boing Gadgets

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This is pretty awesome, speaking of old catalogs I just ordered a 1991 JC Penney christmas catalog. I really like the old JC Penney Christmas Catalogs someone should do this to them. Maybe even get a site together with various old catalogs Sears, Service Merchandise, Penney's, Toyr R Us big book. It's awesome looking back on the things we used to love and possibly still do.