In 1923 Schackow, Leder & Co.
was founded in Berlin. In 1933 the company name was
changed to Schaleco Radio GmbH.
In the twenties Schaleco
was famous for a number of successful models. Among
them the four-circuit do-it-yourself kit
"Standard Neutro IV" with six valves made in
1927 and a Band filter-Super with 8 valves made in 1932.
Radio amateurs were very enthusiastic about these kits.
In 1936 Hans-Joachim Stanienda
developed a cheap suitcase receiver and was rewarded
with a prize issued by the Wirtschaftsstelle
Deutscher Rundfunk-Grosshändler. This radio, the "Deutscher
Olympia-Koffer" was made in a limited edition of 3000
receivers that were exclusively made by Schaleco. It is
a TRF receiver with good selectivity and sound,
thanks to a permanent dynamic loudspeaker.
In the years before
the war Schaleco was one of the most important producers
of the Volksempfänger and DKE (Deutscher Kleinempfänger),
small German receiver).
Massive bombings in
1944 and 1945 stop production. The factory was
completely destroyed. After the war Schaleco-Technik
concentrated on making electrolytes.
It was a sad event that inevitably
changed history and ultimately changed the company.