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October 1945 & April 1946 Radio News
Have you had a rough week?
If so - and even if not - take a few minutes to get a laugh from these electronics-themed comics from the pages
of vintage Radio
News magazines. Beginning sometime in the late 1930s and early 1940s, single-panel topical
comics began appearing frequently in many hobby and even professional magazines. Sure, comics showed up in magazine
before that time, but they generally did not necessarily have to do with the main subject of the publication.
The Saturday Evening Post
, for example, had many single-panel comics, but they were on any random theme.
I can't go without commenting on the April 1946 comic since it reminds me of a situation while in tech school
at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1979. I can't recall exactly what the circuit was that the instructor
was covering, but it involved tuning to achieve a waveform with a null in the center of two bandpass regions similar
to this: ∩∩
. He and everyone I worked with in the field after
tech school referred to it as the "Dolly Parton waveform." Such a scenario would never pass muster with the overly
sensitive politically environment of today. Being a big-time lover of comics (I read them daily in the newspaper),
I am happy to take the trouble of scanning and posting these for RF Cafe readers.
Electronics Themed Comics
"Aw shucks, there goes our broadcasting tower!"
(October 1945, Page 56)
"Tell Alvin to keep up the chatter - I think we're getting to the root of the trouble."
(October 1945, Page 82)
"And now, gentlemen, we shall commence the study of a most interesting subject - waveforms.
(April 1946, Page 49)
These Technically-Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines:
Posted May 15, 2015