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 Post subject: National Distributing Co.
PostPosted: Jun Thu 13, 2019 3:38 pm 
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Is anyone familiar with a company named "National Distributing Company" that retailed radios, presumably in addition to other products?

I recently bought a shortwave converter that is badged by National Distributing Co, clearly marked 1934, with the name "Syncro 34A". It uses a 27 tube. I think it looks like a Remler, or at least styled to complement the often 5-sided Remler cathedrals from a couple years earlier. The knobs, escutcheon, and cabinet style all clearly say "California manufacturer" to me. I've seen the badge a couple other times, too, on radios that show up at swap meets and club meetings.

I searched AmericanRadioHistory.com, and came up with only one hit on the name National Distributing, which was from Sandusky, OH. Do other radios and devices show up around the country badged as "National Distributing Co., New York, NY," and "National Distributing Co., Los Angeles, CA" and so on?

Or was this so-called "national" distributor local only to Seattle?


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PostPosted: Jun Thu 13, 2019 9:25 pm 
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Is the Pantages building still there?

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 Post subject: Re: National Distributing Co.
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No. It closed in 1965 and was replaced by a parking garage within a year or two.

Alexander Pantages' personal residence still exists as a landmark.

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 Post subject: Re: National Distributing Co.
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 1:55 am 
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Found lots of companies under that name, but in other cities. These ads had Seattle addresses....1910 and 1936. The 1910 ad ran in Salt Lake City.


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 Post subject: Re: National Distributing Co.
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 8:03 am 
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Interesting! But those don't look like radio-related ads; where did you find them?

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 Post subject: Re: National Distributing Co.
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 2:46 pm 
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I think National Distributing Co was a sales company of some sort. My guess is the radio was a premium or promotion. I too found numerous other wanted ads for them in other cities across the US, but was unable to determine if they were the same company or just another company operating with the same name in a different state. The ads were found by digital newspaper access via my local library, a small benefit of my excessive property taxes.

The escutcheon appears to have been designed specifically for private labeling noted by the blank rectangular area just under the knob. It's quite similar to this "Walton" radio believed made by Northwest Specialty in Chicago. I happen to own the same Walton cathedral and I once saw another exactly like it at a radio meet, but without the "Walton" name impressed on the escutcheon.

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/northwest_walton_cathedral.html

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 Post subject: Re: National Distributing Co.
PostPosted: Jun Wed 19, 2019 3:13 am 
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Ok, thanks Matt. Good info. I don't get to the library for research often, but I'll keep that in mind.

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