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August 1960 Radio-Electronics

August 1960 Radio-Electronics

August 1960 Radio-Electronics Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio-Electronics, published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

In the joke-telling realm, probably the most oft-adopted axiom is to "know your audience." Another is that if you need to explain a joke, you have failed in your attempt at humor. In this case, a little insight into the mindset of the era (from a 1960 Radio-Electronics magazine) might help you appreciate the electronics-theme comics messages since we don't typically think in the same terms today. The page 42 comic leverages the huge obsession many technophiles had with stereo equipment. Believe it or not, really powerful public address (PA) systems were a big deal, too, as the page 95 comic intimates. Given that almost no consumer products use voltage supplies of high enough voltage and/or frequency to impart an RF burn to a serviceman, the page 122 comic probably also portrays a foreign concept. Now that you are privy to the motives behind the comics, feel free to laugh accordingly.

Electronics-Themed Comics

Electronics-Themed Comics (p42), August 1960 Radio-Electronics - RF Cafe

Page 42

Electronics-Themed Comics (p95), August 1960 Radio-Electronics - RF Cafe

Page 95

Electronics-Themed Comics (p122), August 1960 Radio-Electronics - RF Cafe

"What's this 'rf burn,' $30?"
Page 122



Posted April 13, 2023

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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