Western Electric Tube Paperweight
|This is a
paperweight (or desk ornament) which commemorated a 1954 event in
the history of Western Electric. "B-E" may stand for
"break even", the point at which sales revenues have just
equaled development costs on a product or product line, and
profitability has begun.
In this case, the product must have been tubes, as inside this clear plastic block is a complete WE 408A tube, and all the component parts of a second tube. It measures about 2 inches square, and 2 1/2 inches high.
To the right is a similar item, a Western Electric keychain, with an embedded transistor. These were given to employees of their Allentown, PA plant.