June 1954 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.
Here for your
enjoyment are a few more tech-themed comics from a vintage Radio-Electronics
magazine. Television antenna installations and stereophonic audio systems were a
big deal back in the day, so lots of comics were centered on the themes.
Everything was new and mystical, and ownership of a top-end TV or stereo was a
real sign of influence and/or savvy. The comic from page 96 is actually an
advertisement for Jensen phonograph needles, which of course were key components
to the aforementioned stereo systems. Lost on Millennials (not their fault) and
later is probably the allusion to how the bedraggled couple needing to resort to
Flintstones-style (also likely unfamiliar to Millennials) record player are
from communist Russia (or U.S.S.R. if you prefer), and could not enjoy the
simple niceties afforded by capitalistic societies like America.
"This is the Smith's antenna; the other is the Harrison's antenna to avoid confusion."
"In America even the workers can buy Jensen needles."
(This is actually a Jensen phonograph needle advertisement)
"One thousand cycles to set level - awk.
One thousand cycles to set level."
"My hi-fi system arrived today, but they sent a corner enclosure for the
Posted March 31, 2021