May 1955 Popular Electronics
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
If you are familiar with
Carl Kohler's illustrations from his numerous humorous (a rhyme!) electronics-themed
stories in Popular Electronics magazine, then this comic from the May 1955
issue will be recognized as having come from his hand. The 1950s through maybe
the early 1980s was a big time for do-it-yourself hobbyists of all sorts, including
those who dabbled in electronics as Hams, household handymen, kit builders, etc.
In many cases high quality products could be purchased more cheaply as kits, as
evidenced by the popularity of Heathkit and similar companies. By the mid to late
1990s, super-cheap labor - verging on slavery - in the Far East was doing the majority
of component production and product assembly, so eventually a inversion occurred
where kits became more expensive than ready-to-use versions. This comic typifies
the sad reality of many people's attempts at being a self-designated expert (or
at least how his wife saw it).
Comics with an Electronics Theme
"How's about a cup of coffee and an aspirin sandwich?"
1955 Popular Electronics Comic (p110)
Posted August 16, 2019
These Technically-Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines.
I personally scanned and posted every one from copies I own (and even colorized