April 1935 Short Wave Craft[Table of Contents]
People old and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about and learning some of the history of early electronics. Short Wave Craft was published from 1930 through 1936. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged. See all articles from Short Wave Craft.
Today we have missing persons notices printed on milk cartons and computer-aged pictures of missing kids on bulletin boards at Walmart, and of course the Internet with all its various forms of publicity. In 1935, evidently, an electronics magazine was a proper venue for placing a missing person ad. At the time there was no convenient and accessible way for family members to reach out to a nationwide audience other than to place ads in magazines and/or newspapers in remote locations. I thought it odd to see such a placement in this edition of Short Wave Craft, but considering the aforementioned, doing so is entirely reasonable for a worried family. It's heartbreaking, really.
"I appeal to you to help me locate my boy and have him come home. I thought that possibly you could do this by syndicating it to various short-wave stations located in and around the place in which he is last known to have been.
"He is Edmund Paul, about 20 years of age, fair complexioned, mastoid scar back of one ear, of stuttering speech when excited, walks occasionally with stooped head and shoulders, but looks in your eyes when spoken to. Well read, approximately 6 ft. tall, wears 8 1/2 shoe. When last heard from was in Transient Camp at Tucson, Ariz., in Infirmary there for five days; was in this camp from Jan. 7 to 16. Money was forwarded for his return home; stated that he had left for destination unknown, His mother's health and happiness depends on his homecoming - please help!"
Posted January 16, 2015