December 1958 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.
Being a great appreciator of good
humor, and especially technology-related humor, I made sure to scan these tech-themed comics
from the pages of vintage Radio-Electronics magazines. Some of the same themes from
half a century ago are still applicable today - like inventing a device that will block television
commercials. There are a couple huge differences between then and now, though. For one thing,
the percentage of each hour consumed by commercials has nearly doubled since 1958. A Prime
Time TV show in 1958 like
Untouchables ran 50 out of 60 minutes.
Shark Tank, a 2014 show,
has a run time of 42 out of 60 minutes.
"And I want a color bar generator, a field-strength meter ..."
"This gadget automatically shuts off all commercials between programs."
"Wait until you hear it at its full volume ..."
Posted May 26, 2014 - Added other comics on June 19, 2017