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Radio Terms Illustrated: Radio Term Illustrated
January 1947 Radio-Craft

January 1947 Radio-Craft

January 1947 Radio Craft Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio-Craft, published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

The "Radio Terms Illustrated" comic was a pretty clever feature in Radio-Craft magazine in the 1940s. Readers submitted ideas about how words and phrases commonly used in electronics and communications could be rendered in comical picture form. Illustrator Frank Beaven, who did work for many magazines of the day, then put pen to paper to render the kinds of comics shown here. You will note that the first of the drawings, "Amplitude," is one which probably would not pass editorial review these days, but was de rigueur back in the days when men made up the vast majority of readers. By today's standards many advertisers would face a threat of boycott and a front-page apology would be demanded... and then the magazine would be forced out of business anyway. There is no satisfying "the mob." Utter destruction of the past is their goal*. To show how extreme things could get, the types who demand names of public places and things be renamed to more politically correct titles would want the name "New York" erased from everything. New York is in fact named in honor of the Duke of York, who later became King James II of England. King James II was a major proponent and enabler of the slave trade from Africa. Slavery in New York began with the Dutch West India Company, one of Europe's largest slave trade concerns**.

Radio Terms Illustrated

Suggested by: M. Kosinski, Brooklyn, N.Y.
January 1947, Page 90

Transmission Loss"
Suggested by: Joe W. Baker, Ollie, Montana
January 1947, Page 133

Thermionic Detector
Suggested by: M. Kosinski, Brooklyn, N. Y.
January 1947, Page 140

A Good Detector
Suggested by: Russell Simpson, Lansdale, Pa.
January 1947, Page 143

These Technically-Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines:

   * It probably has not occurred to the morons that one day a more "woke" (I despise that word) crowd might deem their ideas current ideas to be irredeemable and erase that history, too.

** Slavery in Africa still exists today, BTW.



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