If the electronics-themed comic from page 35 of
the February 1946 issue of Radio News magazine was drawn today, you might
think the face-diapered mother-in-law was a Covid-19'er (although improperly worn).
Then again, if that comic were published today, the magazine and the artist would
be cancelled on social media for daring to poke fun at the lady. The page 48 comic
reflected the love-hate relationship the public had with electronic repair shops
in the era. Peruse through the plethora of comics as well as multiple stories in
the vintage electronics industry magazines here on RF cafe and you will find many
examples of the same theme. Shop owners routinely were accused of overcharging customers
for labor and for needlessly replacing components (and for charging for new parts
when used or repaired parts were installed). In truth, there was a lot of ripping-off
of customers, but there was also a lot of customers refusing to pay for honest repairs.
"The Radio man said it was the only way he knew to stop interference
when we listen to a program!"
"Place your left hand on the bible, your right in the air:
Now tell me what was wrong with my radio?"
"Defective Radar Beam! Didn't reflect!"