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 Post subject: RCA tube with minimal packaging
PostPosted: Jun Sun 20, 2021 11:20 pm 
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Here's an RCA Radiotron, "The Heart of Your Radio", in a minimal packaging of just a single taped wrap of corrugated cardboard. I had never seen this kind of minimal packaging before. I suppose this must have been for spares supply for some industrial use? Tubes packaged for the civilian 'consumer' market would want a nicer looking package, right? This is a 7S7.
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 Post subject: Re: RCA tube with minimal packaging
PostPosted: Jun Sun 20, 2021 11:53 pm 
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A guess would be bulk sales.

I remember getting MOSFETs in small styrofoam cubes, I can't imagine buying a hundred like that.

We seeit today, computer parts sold for retail in fancy packaging, and sold for OEM in minimal packaging.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA tube with minimal packaging
PostPosted: Jun Mon 21, 2021 1:04 am 
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It's also entirely possible that was the inner protection out of a long since gone outer cardboard carton. Is the tube number printed onto the cardboard, or written in pencil or other marker?

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 Post subject: Re: RCA tube with minimal packaging
PostPosted: Jun Mon 21, 2021 5:39 am 
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If you took the tube out of the box we could see the date code- my guess, wartime manufacture where packaging was sometimes kept to a bare minimum.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA tube with minimal packaging
PostPosted: Jun Mon 21, 2021 1:38 pm 
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I had a case of military surplus 1P5's that had tubes wrapped like that.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA tube with minimal packaging
PostPosted: Jun Tue 29, 2021 2:00 pm 
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Some tube manufacturers sold whole sets of tubes specifically packaged for certain sets. I saw one set with tubes like these. They came in a larger cardboard box with an outside label saying “ for such and such radio”.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA tube with minimal packaging
PostPosted: Jun Wed 30, 2021 12:58 am 
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It may be minimal packing but it survived just fine for over 80 years.

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