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Friday, January 2, 2009

Home Cinema, 1930-Style

This week's new pages for the 1930 Allied Radio Catalogue bring the total pages posted up to 79, and include this home cinema system which was, I dare say, a tad before its time and launched under particularly inauspicious economic circumstances. The cost (less “[s]peaker and tubes for amplifier”) of US$132.50 is equivalent to US$1685 depreciated 2008 Yankee dollars. And look at the cost of the “content”! A 200 foot subject which would have had a running time of about six minutes cost US$13.20 gold dollars, or about US$168 in contemporary fiat currency. But, hey, there weren't any region codes or DRM!

Posted at January 2, 2009 01:05