Electronics-Themed Comics
May 1963 Radio-Electronics

May 1963 Radio-Electronics

May 1963 Radio-Electronics Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio-Electronics, published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Computer Punched Card Variety - RF Cafe

Computer Punched Cards
"Do not fold, spindle, or mutilate"

As were the majority of electronics-related comics from the 1950s and 1960s, this set of four from a 1963 issue of Radio-Electronics magazine had themes related to home entertainment devices (radios, television, and stereos) and computers. Keep in mind that almost all equipment used vacuum tubes rather than semiconductors. There was no such thing as a home / personal computer then, either. The public was dealing with the introduction and integration of computers into everyday life, so they (computers) were subject to ridicule and criticism - legitimately. Those were the days where programs consisted of cardboard "punched cards" that were placed in a stack into the computer, which would "read" the presence or absence of rectangular holes as "0"s or "1"s. Most used an 12 row by 80 column format, accommodating 80 words of 6 or 8 bits each. That's where the original 80−column computer display came to be. Southern Senior High School, from which I graduated in 1976, had a small computer which used punched cards.

Electronics-Themed Comics

Electronics-Themed Comic (p51) - RF Cafe

"Let's put it this way: If your set were a building, it would be condemned."
Page 51

Electronics-Themed Comic (p58) - RF Cafe

"They say they're quite busy now and could we bring it down to the shop."
Page 58

Electronics-Themed Comic (p82) - RF Cafe

"Here's a prescription."
Page 82

Electronics-Themed Comic (p92) - RF Cafe

"The shop downtown repaired it for nothing? Care to step over here and repeat that?"
Page 92



Posted June 20, 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).