June 1951 Radio-Electronics
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Electronics,
published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
When looking a these
vintage electronics-themed comics from Radio-Electronics magazine (and
others), it probably is a case of "you had to have
been there" to appreciate the humor in them. In a world of 24/7 broadcasting of
every TV channel, the first comic wouldn't even make sense to someone who was
born after about 1990, after which time most local over-the-air broadcast
stations signed off at 1:00 or so, played the National Anthem, and then
displayed a test pattern until about 6:00 am. The second comic is from the era
of high voltages inside radio and TV chassis for vacuum tube plates and CRT
accelerator grids. That big bulky thing the guy in the last comic is carrying is
a thing called a cathode ray tube (CRT), which old people used to use to view
television shows and SVGA computer displays. If you didn't require those
explanations to "get" the comics, then you're likely old like me ;-(
There is a huge list of other tech-themed comics at the bottom of the page.
"I guess they've signed off for the night."
J.P. Sandlen, Hamilton, OH
"Nope. Condenser is OKay!"
Suggested by Morley Burteen,
Posted May 25, 2021