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September 1967 Popular Electronics

September 1967 Popular Electronics

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Popular Electronics, published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

It's time for a few more electronics-themed comics. This set from four different artists comes from the September 1967 issue of Popular Electronics magazine. Users of modern, solid state radio gear are not familiar with the kinds of problems that plagued the older vacuum tube equipment - mainly overheating and a tendency for that smoke that is supposed to remain inside resistors and capacitors leaking out and breaking the set. One good thing about the overheated components that help with troubleshooting is that the designers at the factory added a chemical to give off the unique burnt resistor or capacitor odor that let you sniff out the faulty part; you know, kind of like the odor added to natural gas (which itself is odorless) to alert you to a leak. Be sure to use one or more of these in the opening slides of your next presentation for putting your audience in a good mood. I colorized the comics, so blame me for weird choices. See the full list of comics at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

Comics with an Electronics Theme

Don't Fret, It Only Hertz - RF CafeDon't Fret

It Only Hertz!

Comics with an Electronics Theme #1 - RF Cafe

"Hello, boss? About this radio repair job you sent me on - HELP!"

Comics with an Electronics Theme #2 - RF Cafe

"There's your trouble!"

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"Hey, Mom ... place an ad in Popular Electronics: 'Rig for sale, never been used over 3 wpm "

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Posted March 28, 2024
(updated from original post on 10/23/2017)

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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