Greenpoint, October, 2015

Monday, March 31, 2014

His Master's Voice

I couldn't help but associate the forlorn dog outside a Radio Shack on Lexington Ave. with the likely demise of the chain. Waiting, waiting.... Earlier this month, the company announced it would close over 1000 of its 5000 or so stores after posing a $400M loss in 2013. I know I bought some batteries and thumb drive. What about you?

Back in 2009, the company tried to rebrand itself as "The Shack," since radio means diddly to kids today. I guess that idea didn't go anywhere. It would be sad to see this venerable institution go. The company began selling radio tubes (tubes!) in 1921.

The illustration right comes  from a 1973 Radio Shack catalog. "Catalog," what's the shelf date on that word?

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