March 1953 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.
If you look through the hundreds
of technology-themed comics that appeared various electronics magazines, many deal
with the trials and tribulations of television repair and service. That is because
in the introductory era of TVs, people were, understandably, infatuated with being
able to not just hear but see what was happening in the broadcast. Radios and phonographs
got a lot of coverage as well. Storylines involving a guy on the roof installing
or repairing an antenna were considered particularly funny, especially if it depicted
someone hanging precariously from a lead-in cable or a ladder rung. This comic addresses
the all-too-common situation where sometimes a better picture was obtained using
a makeshift antenna than with a bona fide, professionally designed antenna. There
is a plethora of photos and drawings showing wire coat hangers, aluminum foil geometries,
and people standing in contortionist positions in an effort to get decent reception.
"Wottaya mean, the reception was better a minute ago?
had the lead-in attached to the lightning rod."
These Technically-Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines.
I personally scanned and posted every one from copies I own (and even colorized