May 1948 Radio-Craft
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Craft,
published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
We're about due for another round
of electronics-themed comics, this time from a circa 1948 Radio-Craft magazine.
The post World War II era in America experienced a surge in consumerism after
half a decade of intense war that required major sacrifices on the parts of both
servicemen and civilians. Factories previously built and run for the manufacturing
of household items, automobiles, clothing, and other items had been converted
to support production of implements of war. Massive efforts across the nation were
carried out to collect all forms of metal, fabric, plastic, rubber, electrical and
electronic components, engine parts, and other such things that could be repurposed
or used directly in the effort. Once the world was finally safe from imminent overrun
by Imperialist, Socialist, and Communist regimes, not much time was required to shift
back into pre-war production mode. In fact, once the end was fairly apparent by
the closing months of 1944, magazines were full of advertisements promising wonderful
new consumer goods that would include improvements gleaned from wartime developments.
Wireless communications - both radio and television - were high on the list of desires
by most households. Comics such as these three exemplify those commonly found in
magazines directed to readers interested electronics, mechanics, automobiles, sports,
and other recreational endeavors.
"He services all the midget sets."
Suggested by Glenn Parker,
May 1948, Page 63
"What shall I do next, Mother? "
Suggested by Alice Laqueur,
New York City
May 1948, Page 68
"I belong to the radio of the month club."
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