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Electronics-Themed Comics, April 1941
April 1941 Radio News

April 1941 Radio News
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio & Television News, published 1919-1959. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

There's no denying that 2020 has been one of the worst years in a long time. The Wuhan Virus is responsible for more deaths in America than the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and has crippled nearly the entire world medically, psychologically, and financially. Overzealous government officials have gotten away with imposing restrictions on personal freedoms beyond anyone's imaginations. With few exceptions, we all are required to wear facemasks that are practically useless in public, and are forced to isolate from our fellow human beings with the threat of fines and imprisonment for non-compliance. Self-appointed busybodies have appeared to tongue-lash anyone not fitting their idea of a fully state-compliant citizen. Although it will not erase the darker moments of 2020, hopefully this handful of electronics-themed comics from a 1941 issue of Radio News magazine will help take the edge off. Here's hoping 2021 will be a better year!

Electronics-Themed Comics, April 1941

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"Maybe daughter told the truth when she said that new repairman was teaching her soldering 'till 4 A.M." (Page 10)

Roger has not yet got his license to work it - RF Cafe

"Walter built it in 1920, but he has not yet got his license to work it." (Page 19)

Ham from Fairbanks, Alaska, ordered mobile equipment - RF Cafe

"That ham from Fairbanks, Alaska, ordered mobile equipment, didn't he?" (Page 34)

Not going to waste any gas on hash for your ham-friends - RF Cafe

"40,000 volts or not, I'm not going to waste any gas on hash for your ham-friends!" (Page 34)

"How are you gonna run that, Sparks; from my flashlight battery?" (Page 35)



Posted December 31, 2020

These Technically−Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines. I personally scanned and posted every one from copies I own (and even colorized some).

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