May 1948 Radio-Craft
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Craft,
published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
I and many people who visit RF Cafe
tend to do our own repair and maintenance work whenever possible. Having had this obsession for as long
as I can remember, there is no doubt that the ready availability of service information
and how-to aids available on the Internet not only makes the job easier, but also
makes things possible that could never have been achieved a couple decades ago.
When I needed to put new rotors and brakes on my 2011 Jeep Patriot last month, a
quick search turned up multiple videos of people demonstrating how to do it. Sure,
I've done dozens of brake jobs and am fairly comfortable with what might be involved,
but being able to watch a beginning-to-end video before diving into it is really
nice. My trusty Hanes repair manual was on-hand, but a couple black and white photos
and terse instructions usually do not describe the complete environment. A couple
years ago when my gas-fired furnace would light and cut off after a few seconds,
an Internet search turned up the likely cause and how to effect the repair - for
the exact model of my furnace, no less. Many such scenarios come to mind. Things
were not always that way, though. The farther back in time you go, the more difficult
it has been to acquire the documentation needed to work on your own stuff. All the
way up to the online age of user and maintenance manuals for just about everything
ever made, most manufacturers purposely kept such information away from anyone other
than approved service shops, and then usually the shops had to pay for the documentation.
Howard Sams likely made a fortune generating and selling his "Photofact" series
of schematic and maintenance
instructions for radios, phonographs, televisions, tape recorders, et al. Electronics
magazines like Radio-Craft, Radio News, and others, regularly
printed full schematics and adjustment instructions for radio sets and some other
equipment. I have posted many of them here on RF Cafe for the benefit of those who
repair and restore vintage models.
Here are a few PhotoFact ads from vintage electronics magazine:
Sams PhotoFact 5/56,
Sams PhotoFact 4/48,
3/58, Sams PhotoFact May '48,
Howard W. Sams & Co., Inc. Photofact Service
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Mr. Albert C. W. Saunders' background includes association with the Marconi Company,
teaching experience at Harvard and M.I.T.; founder Radio Technician's Guild J full
member I.R.E.: Graduate, Portsmouth College, England. Mr. Saunders gave the first
actual television demonstration in New England in 1935.
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Posted December 18, 2019