"brand names of the well engineered and solidly built electronics of the past have been sold to overseas companies that try to capitalize on them--by selling cheaply made stuff with that good brand name on it. "
On late night TV you'll see all sorts of garbage bearing the Bell & Howell nameplate.
"Currently, third-party companies offer a number of consumer products licensed under the Bell & Howell name [that dates back to 1907 in Chicago] , including:
Handheld LCD televisions
Heat therapy devices
Noise reduction headphones
Personal sound amplifiers
Sunlight desk lamps
Sunlight floor lamps
Solar powered floodlights"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_%26_Howell