Dear valued Worldwide and European customers,

This morning brings the news that the UK people have voted to exit the EU and many of you may be wondering what impact this momentous decision may have  on the trade between yourselves and us?

Putting the political issues aside, a timeline of 2 years is now set for the UK government to negotiate terms of the exit from the EU under Article 50, accordingly,  in the immediate future, nothing will change. 

There will continue to be a free movement of goods to and from the EU and import duties will not be applied.  At Mullard Magic, nothing will change as we will still send out your orders as normal.

The quality of our products and service will not change.  We will keep you informed through our newsletters and articles published here on our blog of any changes that the British EU exit (or Brexit) will bring to out trading relationship.


Jon Pertwee was such an interesting chap that most of us know as the Third Doctor Who and indeed, for those of a certain age, myself included, he is considered the best of the Doctors with the exception of Bill Hartnell.   But before the fame that came from running round with Jo Grant and then Sarah-Jane, he had a very interesting life indeed.

Did you know that he had been a crew member aboard HMS Hood  but was transferred off the ship for officer training shortly before her fateful voyage when she was sunk by a direct hit from the German battleship Bismack.  Following completion of officer traning, he worked alongside Ian Fleming for the Naval Intelligence Division in training commandos in escape and evasion techniques.

After the war, he took up a career in radio broadcasting and was soon feted for his versatile and distinctive voice which went on to land him many stage and television parts, particularly in childrens programmes.  Somehow, amidst all this he even found time to marry Rose from Upstairs Downstairs but I suppose with him gadding off to spout about Yorrick et al and with her always having to sort M'lord out, they divorced after five years.

The video shown below dating from 1964, screens a most wonderful Mullard product placement film in which the talents of Jon are showcased as a radio struck lothario with a penchant for jitterbug dancing alongside his Jaguar XK150 in which his dance partner curiously looks like a young version of my Mother in Law, hey, just a minute....... Mrs. Mullard Magic was born in 1964..... what a coincidence(!).  And now I think I know where the inspiration for the Sea Devils came from - tee hee!!



Take a look at this wondefully howl-worthy cinema advert, made by Mullard for the Australian market and screened during 1937. I am not sure which part I like the best, could it be the tramp like persona at the start of the film which reminds me of how I look when I get up, rush to the iMAc to see what orders have been placed, there again could it be the camp persona right at the end of the film.    All of these well observed and beautifully acted tableaus feature Jack Davey who, although a Kiwi, rose to become Australia's greatest radio personality.   He was quite the spendthrift playboy as was demonstrated when he got his first break as a crooner at a radio station.  On the strength of the job offer, he immediately went out and bought three suits and a sports car.

Fast cars were a a passion for Jack throughout his life and when the first Redex Reliability Around Australia Rally was announced, he was one of the first to enter. With co-driver Lou Moss, he drove a Ford Customilne on the marathon in 1953. But his health was already beginning to deteriorate, and doctors were called after he collapsed with heart problems, at the home of friends later that year.  Thankfully, herecovered enough to take part in the second Redex Trial in 1954. However that proved too much for him, and shortly after returning to Sydney he suffered a second collapse, and was admitted to St Luke's Hospital. Doctors told him he had to ease his workload, but even while he was in hospital he continued to write his newspaper column and do radio shows. His doctors succeeded in banning him from the 1955 Redex trial. 

Davey's health soon began to suffer again and his agent called in the doctors. Their advice was the same as it had always been – a reduced workload and rest, something Jack wouldn't entertain.  In mid-1959, X-rays revealed a small cancer in his right lung, but Davey went on with his work, including a trip to the United States to look at advances in television. Further tests, several weeks later, revealed the cancer had grown, and Davey was moved to hospital.

Davey died at the Darlinghurst St Vincent's Hospital on 14 October 1959 at the age of 52, the same day as another larger-than-life (allegedly in more ways than one!!!)  Australian character Errol Flynn.





We smiled recently when we heard someone comment that a vintage radio 'personality' needed to be dragged into the 20th Century and although we aren't quite that bad, we thought our New Year's resolution for 2016 was to attempt to propel ourselves firmly into the 21st century and allow our younger and more tech savvy customers the flexibility and ease of purchasing from Mullard Magic whilst on the move and using their mobile devices.

We have started to offer a range of items on our new sister site which is optimised for mobile use as well as having lots of handy scarce to find bits n pieces at low prices which are ideal for restoration jobs.  It has some great blog articles too.

You can have a look here: -


But here's a preview which is nice cos if you are an old fart like me, you can hardly see a mobile phone much less shop, sext or watch a movie on the blessed thing: -

If you are a really wowser hip dude or dudette and have an iPhone 6, should you choose to make a purchase then you can also choose to pay by Apple iPay too: -

We even have a QR code and might eventually start offering a printed magazine showing production values and content that mimic that of a third rate 1950's Girl Guide newsletter.....progress indeed!


I just love this WW2 American poster which shows a rather lovely lady wireless operator sending morse - and with a bug key too. The keen eyed and acquisitive collectors of morse keys amongst us will be saying, is it a TR McElroy or Vibroplex cos it's definitely not an (Post war) Eddystone bug! 

For me, it's the domed shape of the rear pivot cradle that gives the game away for me as I think the key is in actuality a  Bunnell Martin Flash Bug.

Whatever, why not ava look at the Mullard Magic Morse offerings



We tend to think of 'radio and technology bloopers' as a fairly recent trend on TV, witness the DAC90A in recent episodes of Foyle's War and the time machine advert run by Hovis a couple of years ago, however, similar things also happened some 40 odd years ago as I recall one chortle-worthy instance in an Avengers episode where a chap made up to look like a Chinese mandarin was busy playing a chess game by radio and transmitting his next fiendish move using a BC221 wavemeter, not that it bothered Tara King though.......

Sticking with The Avengers theme,  I thought you may appreciate this lovely shot of a villain using a TW and Collins TCS12 combo to spread mayhem: -


Newsflash - we have extended our range of vintage silk braided wire by adding a further seven colours.  Remember this is limited stock, dating from 1955 and once its gone then that's it.   Please, do go have a look at 17 colourways we now offer: -




Today's quaint photograph from the Mullard archive shows the frontage of the Mullard Publicity Office & Display Centre on Gerard Place, Westminster London.   Note the presence of a stolid member of the Corps of Commissionaires.  This presence was a throwback to the war years where Philips personnel were banned from Mullard facilities because of their potential damage to national security.  Today of course this would abrogate their human rights for which they would be given a council house, a kiss from Jeremy Corbyn and a substantial cash settlement as damages.

The Corps of Commissionaires was founded in 1859 by Captain Sir Edward Walter KCB (1823-1904). Walter was the first to find an effective remedy to provide jobs for ex-servicemen who were willing and able to work after the Crimean War and is the  oldest security company in the world. Currently trading as 'Corps Security', the head of the company has always been the British monarch. This tradition began with Queen Victoria and continues through to the present day with Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, the Corps celebrated its 150th anniversary with a reception hosted at St James's Palace by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at which 48 commissionaires formed a guard of honour.

For those of you who may have the interest in visiting Mullard hallowed ground when you next find yourself in Westminster then you can visit the site of the offices shown above, today, it's a rather nice Chinese restaurant and as you can see, we do indeed live in a (brave) new world...........: -




Hey, just look at this,  Mullard Magic is going to a seminar to learn how to be more successful.  and.. even better for a Yorkshireman - it's free!!!

Why not apply for your free place too.   Look out for me,  I'll be the furtive one eating the canapes and quaffing the champagne!





Today's Britain is full of warning labels and safety information. However this wasn't always the way.  "When ah worra lad," I hankered for a chemistry set but because we were poor and my mum was terrified I would explode our home, I wasn't allowed one.

Such deprivation didn't do me too much harm as I later became a scientist - indeed a chemist and I had always thought that the chemistry sets of yore were quite benign........ or were they?

Just take a look at this baby, impressive huh?

This is the Gilbert's Atomic Energy Laboratory squarely aimed at the US budding young scientists and only for sale between 1951 and 1952.   Some said it's shortlived appeal was due to the price tag of $50, which equates to some £300 today, however, the real reason may be that the kit came with four different (radioactive) uranium salts as well as a Geiger counter and a cloud chamber as well - nifty!