January 1948 Radio-Craft
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
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published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Illustrating (literally) once
again the fascination the public had with television during its heyday from the late
1940s to the 1960s, this set of electronics-themed comics from a 1948 issue of
Radio-Craft magazine depict the humorous situations both real and imagined
for the technology. Artist Frank Beaven, a frequent contributor to the publication,
took suggestions by reads and turned them into comics. The concept of multi-sensory
TV experiences were common, including not just sight and sound, but also smell and
tactile sensations. 3-D projection and large screens were also envisioned in the
comics. The page 124 comic is my favorite as it exhibits a tried and true sales
technique for securing business from guys. Interestingly, note that the comic on
page 86 is credited to someone from Tel-Aviv, Palestine. A few months after this
issue hit the new stands,
established its independence and established itself as a sovereign nation for the
first time in two millennia. After that, Mr. Strudler's address was Tel-Aviv,
Suggested by Frank Beaven
January 1948, Page 47
"Must have made a mistake in the wiring somewhere!"
Schwartz Los Angeles, Calif.
January 1948, Page 84
"There must be some leakage."
Suggested by Marcel Strudler,
January 1948, Page 86
Suggested by Greg Banshuck, New York City
These Technically-Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines.
I personally scanned and posted every one from copies I own (and even colorized
January 10, 2020