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Coming in September: Popular Electronics
August 1954 Radio & Television News

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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio & Television News, published 1919-1959. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Before seeing this announcement for the impending premier issue of Popular Electronics magazine, I thought the October 1954 issue was the first to be published. According to this August 1954 Radio & Television News magazine feature, Popular Electronics was to debut in September 1954, not October. The teaser cover photo showed a family at a picnic table with more radio equipment than food - including a big spring-loaded 1/4-wave whip antenna mounted to the trunk of their car. It was never used for any issue from what I can find, nor did the article entitled, "WABD's Empire State Building Television Transmitter." A bit of research shows that the planned September 1954 issue never was. In fact, editor Oliver Read's first column, entitled, "Meet Popular Electronics," confirmed my finding. He wrote in part, "POPULAR ELECTRONICS is the answer to the demand for a monthly publication devoted entirely to electronics at a practical and hobby level. POPULAR ELECTRONICS is, as its title implies, devoted to the science of electronics at How-It-Works, Why-It-Works, How-To-Do-It and How-To-Use-It level." 

Coming in September Popular Electronics

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... The first and only magazine on practical electronics for the hobbyist, the experimenter and the novice.

Popular Electronics will provide all the essential information on electronic components, construction, instruments and systems. Yet, it will be written simply enough so that even those with a beginner's knowledge of electronics can readily understand its how-to-build-it, how-to-use-it, how-it-works articles.

Popular Electronics will make the ideal supplement to your reading of Radio & Television News ...Popular Electronics will make the perfect gift for the electronics beginners among your friends.

Every issue will be filled with easy to understand articles like these...

• Opportunities in Electronics

• Introduction to High Fidelity

• Pictures on Magnetic Tape

• How to Build a Bike Radio

• How to Lay Out a Chassis

• How Radar Works

• Meet the Transistor

• How to Solder

• Voice-Operated Model Train Control

• Building the Home Broadcaster

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Posted March 24, 2022
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