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Electronics Themed Comics
July 1946 Radio-Craft

July 1946 Radio-Craft

July 1946 Radio Craft Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio-Craft, published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

Both of these vintage electronics-themed comics, which appeared in a 1946 issue of Radio−Craft magazine, have a unique feature. The first is one of the very popular (then and now) "Radio Term Illustrated" comics where a reader suggested a way to relate a common term or phrase to a situation in the technical realm which can be similarly interpreted. In this case the subject is a "dynamic speaker." It is a form of a double entendre. The other comic mocks the use of "handie-talkies" as a prop for abetting an unlawful act. In this same issue is an article entitled "Inside the Handie-Talkie" that is sort of a reverse engineering exercise on what was a relatively new technology from the recently ended World War II era. This cartoon was considered profound enough to warrant an editorial remark by the magazine.

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Radio Term Illustrated Dynamic Speaker - RF Cafe

Radio Term Illustrated - Dynamic Speaker

Suggested by: James Tannehill, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Page 694)

A "Handie" Aid? To Burglary? Handie-Talkie - RF Cafe

A "Handie" Aid? To Burglary?  (Page 710)

The old saw "Many a true word's spoken in jest was never better illustrated than by the above cartoon. Hardly had the Peoria story been dropped from the last editions of the newspapers than than the New York City police rounded up a gang of youths accused of committing 75 robberies with the aid of handie-talkie radios. The 20-year-old leader of the gang, it was said, was not satisfied to use only radio, but was working on an infra-red device to give the gang "invisible light" for their burglaries. Although he is a former Navy technician, there is no indication that the use of radar was planned! The threat to public safety from the criminal use of highly mobile and portable radio is so grave that New York's Police Commissioner believes "we will have to have some kind of controls to keep such things out of the hands of criminals." He pointed out that not only handie-talkies but short-wave automobile radio apparatus similar to that used by police might also be a menace. Equipment to link moving motor cars to the telephone network can also be dangerous. Another truism verified by the alleged youthful "scientific criminals" was the old saw about .crime not paying off. The average haul amounted to $200, to be divided among five participants. Considering the time and technique required, honest labor might have been more remunerative!

 

 

Posted November 9, 2021

These Technically-Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines. I personally scanned and posted every one from copies I own (and even colorized some).

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