August 1945 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.
is a comic character invented by the Echophone Radio Company. Their bespectacled
Army grunt was one of the first technology nerd types who always managed to appear
with pretty girls. His caricature evolved quickly over the two or three year run
of the advertisements. Most Echophone Radio ads I have seen either feature Hogarth
and his woman/women or Hogarth and a demanding sergeant. This full-page advertisement
appeared in the August 1945 edition of Radio-Craft magazine. A search on
the name "Hogarth" does not
give any clue as to the reason for choosing it. For what it's worth, here is the
data on Hogarth.
Echophone radios can still be found on eBay for fairly low prices
- often less than the shipping cost.
Here are other Hogarth episodes.
Echophone "The Ears of the World"
Hogarth Makes a Date
Hogarth's date with the future embraces new possibilities for Echophone. There
will be Echophone equipment for use on the citizens' radio communications service
band. It is certain to be low in price, high in performance and completely dependable.
The present EC-1 covers from 550 kc. to 30 Mc. on three bands ... electrical bandspread
on all bands ... self-contained speaker ... 115-125 volts AC or DC.
*Citizens' radio communications service band, 460-470 Mc., recently proposed
by the F.C.C.
Echophone Radio Co., 540 North Michigan Ave., Chicago 11, Illinois
More Hogarth Episodes
Posted September 23, 2022
(updated from original post