Tag Archive: 1931

Jun 21

10 reasons to buy an RCA Victor Radio

RCA Victor was a top of the line radio when the cabinet was as important as the electronics in 1931.

E.E. Long Piano Company touted 10 big improvements as selling points of this new RCA Victor Radio in this ad from October 12, 1931. Here they are but they are not as amusing as the lists David Letterman reads. 1. Automatic volume control. 2, NINE tubes 3. New RCA Victor Super-Heterodyne with Pentode tubes. 4. …

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Jul 16

Benjamin Brooks, longest serving editor-proprietor The Tribune

Benjamin Brooks was the longest serving editor and owner of the Tribune and was leader of the Elks Lodge from 1896-1897. This photo is from their hall.

You had to have imagination, optimism and faith to see business opportunity in San Luis Obispo County at the end of the 19th century. Benjamin Brooks saw it in a struggling newspaper printed in a tiny cow town. Since it was founded Aug. 7, 1869, The Tribune had a revolving door of almost a dozen …

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Oct 11

Camel cigarettes ad 1930s

August 6, 1931 ad for Camel Cigarettes from the Daily Telegram

Bill Ellis earned the nickname “Wild Bill” when he worked playing mandolin in bluegrass and dance bands. His talent took him to the Louisiana Hayride¬† in Shreveport, the radio show ranked second to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. His wild life caught up with him on a southern highway. An accident that nearly killed him injured …

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