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Electronics-Themed Comics
March 1952 Radio-Electronics Article

March 1952 Radio-Electronics

March 1952 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.

TGIF. Even with being self-employed, I still am always glad when Friday gets here. Aside from some morning work posting content for my AirplanesAndRockets.com hobby website, Saturday is my only day completely off from RFCafe.com business. Anyway, a good way to wind down the week is with some good old-fashioned humor. These couple electronics-themed comics from a 1959 issue of Radio-Electronics magazine are literally old-fashioned. The comic on page 52 is actually a tongue-in-cheek criticism aimed at the housewife who must have make a remark about how easy television servicing probably is. However, the technician's response is really not such a bad high-level check of the health of the vacuum tubes. Heater elements burning out was a fairly common cause of a tube being bad. Of course nobody would want to go through and feel all the tubes' temperatures because those suckers can get hot enough to burn the skin on your fingers (I know from experience). I was not surprised to find that the page 92 comic was drawn by Frank Beaven; his themes often included busty women in one role or another. Keep in mind that these magazines were read almost exclusively by men (and their sons).

Electronics-Themed Comics

Electronics-Themed Comic (p52) Radio-Electronics - RF cafe

Suggested by Arthur Henrikson, Chicago, Ill.
"Oh yes. Of course it's simple! I just replace the tube that isn't hot!"
Page 52

Electronics-Themed Comic (p90) Radio-Electronics - RF cafe

Suggested by Leslie Boisen, Indianapolis, Ind. "Sometimes I wish I had a motor driven antenna!"
Page 90

 

 

Posted September 23, 2022


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