Tech Chat Co-op / CWS / Defiant history
Does anyone have links to blogs/articles about the industrial history of the Co-op/CWS/Defiant brand? It appears to be just before my time (its not something I encountered even as a boy in the 1970s) and although Co-Op department stores were around even in my teens I can't remember if they still sold AV equipment or electrical goods (nowadays you just get groceries from the shops).
Its something a lot of my friends (some of whom are involved in modern day co-ops based around tech) are interested in..
This has some info, if I find more I will post a link.
Thanks - I managed to track down a copy of a PDF scan of the full article from "Co-Operative News" in 1991 (I haven't uploaded it here as I'm not sure if you can or if I should as it was "nicked" from another similar forum!) - what is interesting to learn is firstly that Defiant TV sets were apparently sold (or rented(?)) well into the mid 1980s (as rebadged Philips sets), and the writer referred to a "modern Cooperative Radio and Television Department" as something that still existed in 1991 (Co-op department stores hung on until the late 90s / early 2000s, the Reading one is now corporate HQ of Primark and the one in Ipswich closed in the mid 2000s (but I only moved here in 2006 and never went inside it whilst it was still going).
Some Defiant B&W sets are shown at the link below in the section about the 1960s. I wonder what the newer/colour models from the 80s looked like and what their equivalents were (like how the T24E was rebadged as a Co-op set, maybe Philips G series?)