An age-old meme is used in the first of these vintage electronics themed comics
from Radio & Television News magazine. It shows a husband attempting
to repair some domestic device (a TV in this case) in order to avoid being ripped
off by a professional repairman. I'm guessing that the use of the term "gyp," which
is a pejorative referring to gypsies, would not be allowed in today's politically
correct environment. In order to "get" the other comic, you need to know about the
stacked plates used in selenium and copper-oxide type rectifiers that preceded silicon
and germanium semiconductor models.
Electronics magazines of the era published many articles about selenium rectifiers,
After Class: Working with Selenium Rectifiers,
The Semiconductor Diode,
New Selenium Rectifiers for Home Receivers,
Applications of Small High-Voltage Selenium Rectifiers, and
"Darling, maybe we'd belter can one of those 'gyp-artists'
(June 1952, p135)
"Joe, I want you to meet our architect; he used to design dry-plate
(July 1952, p121)
Posted November 3, 2021
These Technically-Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines.
I personally scanned and posted every one from copies I own (and even colorized