March 1952 Radio-Electronics
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Electronics,
published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
TGIF. Even with being self-employed,
I still am always glad when Friday gets here. Aside from some morning work posting
content for my AirplanesAndRockets.com hobby website, Saturday is my only day completely
off from RFCafe.com business. Anyway, a good way to wind down the week is with some
good old-fashioned humor. These couple electronics-themed comics from a 1959 issue
of Radio-Electronics magazine are literally old-fashioned. The comic on
page 52 is actually a tongue-in-cheek criticism aimed at the housewife who must
have make a remark about how easy television servicing probably is. However, the
technician's response is really not such a bad high-level check of the health of
the vacuum tubes. Heater elements burning out was a fairly common cause of a tube
being bad. Of course nobody would want to go through and feel all the tubes' temperatures
because those suckers can get hot enough to burn the skin on your fingers (I know
from experience). I was not surprised to find that the page 92 comic was drawn by
Frank Beaven; his themes often included busty women in one role or another. Keep
in mind that these magazines were read almost exclusively by men (and their sons).
Suggested by Arthur Henrikson, Chicago, Ill.
"Oh yes. Of
course it's simple! I just replace the tube that isn't hot!"
Suggested by Leslie Boisen, Indianapolis, Ind. "Sometimes I
wish I had a motor driven antenna!"
Posted September 23, 2022