Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early
electronics. See articles from Radio & Television News, published 1919-1959. All copyrights hereby
These two electronics-themed comics
appeared in a 1952 edition of Radio & Television News magazine.
In the early days of television, it was common in comedy skits and in cartoons to
have someone on a television show interact, to the viewer's great shock, directly
with the viewer or to reach out of the set and do something, as in the first comic
here. The Three Stooges show did that in a couple shows. One in particular
I remember was when they were doing plumbing in a house and had water coming out
of light sockets and telephones. The homeowners were watching the TV with a film
of Niagara Falls when suddenly water came gushing out of the picture tube (begins
at 13:20 in video below).
TV personality trimming overgrown plant from inside the picture
tube (Page 90)
"I keep telling you, Madge ... that antenna is a dipole, not
a didy-pole!" (Page 126)
Posted May 24, 2022 (updated from original post
These Technically−Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines.
I personally scanned and posted every one from copies I own (and even colorized
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