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Electronics-Themed Comics
March, April, July, and August 1958 Radio-Electronics

January 1958 Radio-Electronics

January 1958 Radio-Electronics Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio-Electronics, published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Being a great appreciator of good humor, and especially technology-related humor, I made sure to scan these electronics-related comics from the pages of vintage Radio-Electronics magazines. You might have to have lived through the era of televisions with cathode ray tubes (CRTs) to fully appreciate the frustration of trying to acceptably grab, align, define, sharpen, tone, and lock an over-the-air broadcast signal on track*. Stories of people putting feet or baseball bats through the sets were a big source of situational humor. 

* RCA's "ColorTrak" system advertising pitch.

Electronics-Themed Comics

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (July page 42) - RF Cafe

July 1958, Page 42

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (July page 46) - RF Cafe

July 1958, Page 46

"We've had so much trouble with this set that my husband installed that permanent mirror!"

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (July page 48) - RF Cafe

"Does that answer your question regarding the high-voltage section?"

July 1958, Page 48

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (August page 45) - RF Cafe

"That reminds me, I've got an FM alignment on the bench.

August 1958, Page 45

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (March page 122) - RF Cafe

"How do you like my pillow-speaker?"

March 1958, Page 122

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (April page 105) - RF Cafe

"Looks to me like either a bad short or a capacitor on the blink!"

April 1958, Page 105

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (April page 133) - RF Cafe


April 1958, Page 133

Comic from 1958 Radio-Electronics Magazine (April page 136) - RF Cafe

"Let's see - didn't you put three picture tubes in my set last year?"

April 1958, Page 136



Posted July 20, 2021
(updated from original post on 5/26/2014)

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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