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Electronics-Themed Comics
October 1950 Radio & Television News Article

October 1950 Radio & TV 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 couple more electronics-themed comics from you that appeared in the October 1950 issue of Radio & Television News magazine. The comic on page 50 might challenge your ability to appreciate the situation. Television was still a relatively new phenomenon and people were fanatical (the origin of "fan" is "fanatic") over it. Crowds gathered in front of store windows containing a TV set to watch the magic of the technology. The opportunity to watch live sporting events via television was available to many people only at venues outside the home, as a TV was still a middle class accessory at the time. Today when people gather around a TV set at a bar, it is not because they could not watch it on their smartphones or home TV sets or computers, but because they want the camaraderie of fellow fans. Although I am tempted to assume most people "get" the gag in the page 167 comic, it could very well be that not many are familiar with what a radio or TV antenna looks like, since the ones they use are buried inside their phones. It is rare to see an old-fashioned multi-element antenna on a house anymore, and the antennas on cell towers look nothing like them. About the only place you see a multi-element antenna anymore is on a remote utility installation that uses UHF radio for supervisory and control and data acquisition (SCADA).

Electronics-Themed Comics

Electronics-Themed Comics (p92), October 1950 Radio & Televsion News - RF Cafe

"All right! Come down to the first row and do your drinking! I had one fellow fall off the high stool and break his leg!"
page 92

"It gives better results than my outside antenna!"
page 167

 

 

Posted May 4, 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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