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Electronics-Themed Comics
July 1940 Radio News

July 1940 Radio News
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio & Television News, published 1919-1959. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Here are a few more electronics-themed comics from a 1940 issue of Radio News magazine. You can probably tell from the situations that people still considered "wireless," aka radio, to be a novel and wonderful - even mysterious - invention. Every type of situation from utility to obsession to fantasy was part of the experience. Two of the four comics from this set addresses amateur radio scenarios. Note the predilection predicted of viewers or the newfangled (at the time) television (or televisor). Little did the artist know how addictive such contraptions would be - first in the form of TV, then the form personal computer, and finally in the form of the present day video delivery medium of smartphones.


Electronics-Themed Comic (p8) July 1940 Radio News - RF Cafe

"Oh, but I must have my radio fixed for my evening to be a success!"
Page 8

Electronics-Themed Comic (p12) July 1940 Radio News - RF Cafe

Television in 1950: "Turn off that set, you Tele-peeping Tom, you..!"
Page 12

Electronics-Themed Comic (p16) July 1940 Radio News - RF Cafe

"That's been there since Dad tried to fix it, and seems it won't go away."
Page 16

Electronics-Themed Comic (p33) July 1940 Radio News - RF Cafe

"Funny thing, it did that with 1 kW!"
Page 33

Electronics-Themed Comic (p33a) July 1940 Radio News - RF Cafe

"Hello, W9BBBB - Nope - No news - Nothing ever happens around here -"
Page 33



Posted February 22, 2022

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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