The Hobbyist - Electronics Comics
April 1967 Popular Electronics

April 1967 Popular Electronics

April 1967 Popular Electronics Cover - RF CafeTable of Contents

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.

Here are a few tech-themed comics from the April 1967 edition of Popular Electronics magazine depicting the perception of techies during the era. I took the liberty of colorizing them. As mentioned before, stereo equipment was a big deal in the era, back before most people listened to music through ear buds attached to smartphones. When in the USAF in the early 1980s, a sure sign of hipness was to have 19" equipment rack in your barracks room, stuffed full with a reel-to-reel tape deck, a high end AM/FM receiver ("tuner," to the audiophile), power amplifier that could deliver at least 200 W per channel, a dual cassette deck, turntable (referring to it as a "phonograph" revealed your squareness). Of course no self-respecting stereo aficionado would be caught dead with an 8-track tape deck in the rack. Things really haven't changed much when it comes to serious audiophiles, except now a CD/DVD player will be included. Popular Electronics was published from October 1954 through April 1985 - a 31 year run. In January 1972, Electronics World magazine was combined with Popular Electronics.

The Hobbyist seen by Walt Miller

Popular Electronics Reader - RF Cafe

"Come on, Ed, I'll show you how to make an oscilloscope out of your TV set."

HiFi Enthusiast - RF Cafe

" ... and two 36-inch tweeters."

Antique Collector - RF Cafe

"It was a real buy ... 29 cents a pound."

Kit Builder - RF Cafe

"I'm getting closer to the trouble ... I've got it playing three minutes before the fuse blows.

"Cabinet Maker - RF Cafe


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



Posted April 24, 2023
(updated from original post on 7/18/2012)