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Hobnobbing with Harbaugh
August 1961 Popular Electronics

August 1961 Popular Electronics

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Popular Electronics, published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

Hobnobbing with Harbaugh was a fairly regular feature in Popular Electronics magazine in the 1950 and 1960s, compliments of Dave Harbaugh. His cartoon themes touched on issues and situations of the day, mostly dealing with, as you might expect, electronics. Many of them take place in an electronics service shop or a sales floor. Harbaugh was an equal opportunity exploiter of dumb acts by both workers and customers. My favorite of these four from the August 1961 issue is the guy servicing the Japanese chassis. A close second is the portable TV gag; it took a moment to realize what is going on in the comic. The short-order repair service is pretty clever as well. The forth comic is a little too inane to even be funny, but that's just me. I took the liberty of colorizing these comics, as I have been doing with many of them. Color in magazines was a rare commodity even in 1961.

Hobnobbing with Harbaugh - Shop-Warned Customers

By Dave Harbaugh

Hobnobbing with Harbaugh (Customer), August 1961 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

"One resistor, coil on the side, heavy on the solder."

Hobnobbing with Harbaugh (portable TV), August 1961 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

"This is as portable as you can get."

Hobnobbing with Harbaugh (Japanese electronics), August 1961 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

"He's testing some Japanese equipment."

Hobnobbing with Harbaugh (ear buds), August 1961 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe

"No, no, Madam, the cord just goes in one ear."



Posted October 12, 2023

These Technically−Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines. I personally scanned and posted every one from copies I own (and even colorized some).

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