I don't know about the rest of the country, but this Monday morning in Erie,
Pennsylvania, is cold and snowy*. That means people going to work had to shovel
their driveways, maybe brush snow and ice off their windows, and brave hazardous
conditions on the streets on the way to the office. Moods are understandably less
than jovial and nerves might be shot. For those of you who identify with this scenario,
these electronics-themed comics from a couple vintage Radio & Television News
magazines might help assuage your anxieties. The same goes for those who are in
Southern California and managed to arrive safely from a commute on the notoriously
unfriendly highways there. As with many of these old comics, you have to be privy
to the mindset of the day to fully appreciate the topic. TV repair was big business
and people were fascinated with the boob tube innovation rapidly consuming the attention
of domestic dwellers. The first comic might be PC enough to appear in a modern electronics
magazine, but the second certainly would not. It takes courage to reproduce anything
like it these days. You're welcome.
* Since many of you can relate to the situation, you might be interested in seeing
this article from the
Erie Times News reporting on how basically the state roads department
(PennDOT) say don't even both trying to file a claim for damage to your car due
to potholes - they never pay out. Too bad, so sad. Just pay your taxes and shut up.
"Now, Harry, this is the last one - let's get off on our honeymoon!"
(May 1952, p118)
"Albert wouldn't miss his 9 o'clock schedule for anything."
(May 1956, p103)