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June 1951 Radio-Electronics

June 1951 Radio-Electronics

June 1951 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.

When looking a these vintage electronics-themed comics from Radio-Electronics magazine (and others), it probably is a case of "you had to have been there" to appreciate the humor in them. In a world of 24/7 broadcasting of every TV channel, the first comic wouldn't even make sense to someone who was born after about 1990, after which time most local over-the-air broadcast stations signed off at 1:00 or so, played the National Anthem, and then displayed a test pattern until about 6:00 am. The second comic is from the era of high voltages inside radio and TV chassis for vacuum tube plates and CRT accelerator grids. That big bulky thing the guy in the last comic is carrying is a thing called a cathode ray tube (CRT), which old people used to use to view television shows and SVGA computer displays. If you didn't require those explanations to "get" the comics, then you're likely old like me ;-(

There is a huge list of other tech-themed comics at the bottom of the page. 

Comics

Electronics-themed comic television - RF Cafe

"I guess they've signed off for the night."

Suggested by J.P. Sandlen, Hamilton, OH

Page 41

 

Electronics-themed comic capacitor discharge - RF Cafe

"Nope. Condenser is OKay!"

Suggested by Morley Burteen, Chicago, Ill

Page 78

 

Electronics-themed comic ship in a CRT - RF Cafe

Tremaine Spencer

Page 109

Posted May 25, 2021


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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