About Lafayette

29 10 2008

According to Wikipedia, Lafayette Radio was a radio manufacturer and retailer based in Syosset, New York in America. The company sold radio sets, amateur radio equipment, citizen’s band (CB) radios and other communications equipment, as well as electronic components and even tools, through retail outlets as well as by mail-order.

Established in the 1920s, Lafayette Radio Electronics (LRE) thriving mail-order catalog business in electronic components was a boon to the amateur radio operators and electronic hobbyist located in areas where such components were not available in local retail outlets. Lafayette’s main competitors were Radio Shack, Allied Radio, Heathkit and independent radio dealers throughout the United States.

The company offered a free 400-page catalog filled with descriptions of vast quantities of electronic gear, including microphones, tape recorders, speakers, and other components which could be obtained for free by mailing in a coupon.

By the late 1970s, Lafayette expanded to major markets across the country, struggling to compete with Radio Shack,  which had purchased rival Allied Electronics around 1970.


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