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RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling 2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit design engineer. The World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps while typing up your telephone line, and a nice lady's voice announced "You've Got Mail" when a new message arrived...

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Electronics-Themed Comics
June and July 1952 Radio & Television News

An age-old meme is used in the first of these vintage electronics themed comics from Radio & Television News magazine. It shows a husband attempting to repair some domestic device (a TV in this case) in order to avoid being ripped off by a professional repairman. I'm guessing that the use of the term "gyp," which is a pejorative referring to gypsies, would not be allowed in today's politically correct environment. In order to "get" the other comic, you need to know about the stacked plates used in selenium and copper-oxide type rectifiers that preceded silicon and germanium semiconductor models.

Electronics magazines of the era published many articles about selenium rectifiers, including After Class: Working with Selenium Rectifiers, The Semiconductor Diode, New Selenium Rectifiers for Home Receivers, Selenium Rectifiers, Applications of Small High-Voltage Selenium Rectifiers, and Using Selenium Rectifiers.

Electronics-Themed Comics

June 1952 Radio & Television News
June 1952 Radio & Television News Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio & Television News, published 1919-1959. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Electronics-Themed Comics, June 1952 Radio & Television News - RF Cafe

"Darling, maybe we'd belter can one of those 'gyp-artists' after all."
(June 1952, p135)

July 1952 Radio & Television News
July 1952 Radio & Television News Cover - RF Cafe[Table of Contents]

Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles from Radio & Television News, published 1919-1959. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Electronics-Themed Comics, July 1952 Radio & Television News - RF Cafe

"Joe, I want you to meet our architect; he used to design dry-plate rectifiers!"
(July 1952, p121)

 

 

Posted November 3, 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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