Showing posts with label northern electric. Show all posts
Showing posts with label northern electric. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Vintage Ad #740: Halos for Husbands

Today's pick features a fine array of products for the postwar home. Hubby may not have had a golden ring around his head over half a century later if he had invested in stock of the company Northern Electric evolved into, Nortel Networks.

Northern Electric was the spin-off manufacturing arm of Bell Canada, whose roots dated back to the mid-1890s. When this ad appeared, ownership was split between Bell and what was effectively NE's American equivalent, Western Electric. According to the company's official history, over 136,000 small Baby Champ radios were sold by Northern Electric in 1946. There's no mention of appliance innovations from that year, but the company appears to have introduced a Hammond organ with vibrato.

Source: Chatelaine, November 1946 - JB

Friday, April 07, 2006

vintage maclean's ad of the day

(title to come)Save a few steps...what's a few more pounds?

I'm curious as to what the updated styles and fancy colours were. I once toyed with the idea of buying a rotary at Value Village to buck the increase of cell phones, but came back to earth when I figured there was no space in the bunker, unless I liked tripping over a floor model.

Note: Northern Electric (history outline) evolved into Nortel. Maybe they should have stuck with rotary phones.

Source: Maclean's, September 18, 1965. - JB