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Being a great appreciator of good humor, and especially technology-related humor, I made sure to scan these comics
from the pages of vintage Radio-Electronics magazines. You might have to have lived through the era of
televisions with cathode ray tubes (CRTs) to fully appreciate the frustration of trying to acceptably grab, align,
define, sharpen, tone, and lock an over-the-air broadcast signal on track*. Stories of people putting feet or baseball
through the sets were a big source of situational humor.
* RCA's "ColorTrak" system advertising pitch.
July 1958, Page 42
July 1958, Page 46
"We've had so much trouble with this set that my husband installed that
July 1958, Page 48
August 1958, Page 45
March 1958, Page 122
"How do you like my pillow-speaker?"
April 1958, Page 105
"Looks to me like either a bad short or a capacitor on the blink!"
April 1958, Page 133
April 1958, Page 136
Posted May 26, 2014
These Technically-Themed Comics Appeared in Vintage Electronics Magazines:
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