THROWBACK THURSDAY: Radio Shack Catalogs

Were you a geek in the 1940s, 1960s, or 1980s? If you were pushing the envelope back then, you probably bought a lot of your equipment from Radio Shack. Radio Shack is gone, the victim of decades of bad decisions. I miss them honestly, at least I miss the way they were in the 1980s. Good thing DIY’ers can now come to for the consumer electronics parts and accessories they need.

Back “in the day” Radio Shack was a DIY paradise. If you needed vacuum tubes, integrated circuits or even high-end home theatre gear, that was your source. Have you ever missed those days?

If you’re looking for an afternoon of entertainment, go to Radio Shack Catalogs
and check out their selection of old catalogs, commercials, and ads. You’ll marvel at the $2,000 satellite dishes, dial telephones, and $4,000 computers. This site is a pleasant walk down memory lane for some of us, and for you younger folks, it’s an introduction to “retro geekdom,” If you’re a hipster who enjoys that retro style, check out the 1963 catalog, full of retro goodness and page after page of resistors.

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Stuart Sweet
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