June 1930 Radio-Craft
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Craft,
published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
At first I was going to comment that using a wizard
in an astrologer's robe to promote chemistry as an example of a career option does not seem like a good
choice for appealing to serious prospects. However, given the weirdness of a good portion of the population,
it might be as effective today as it evidently was nearly a century ago when the Chemical Institute
of New York ran this ad in Radio-Craft magazine.
Dr. T. O'Conor Sloane, reputed head of
the Institute, published such tomes as
The Standard Electrical Dictionary,
How to Become
a Successful Electrician, Arithmetic of Electricity,
Electric Toy Making
Fortunes in Formulas,
others. BTW, I learned from the ad that the word 'adept' is a noun as well
as an adjective. Per Merriam-Webster: "a highly skilled or well-trained person." As a noun, the accent
is on the first syllable; as an adjective it is on the second. Accordingly, an a´·dept
is a·dept´ at a particular skill.
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