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Electronics-Themed Comics
April 1948 Radio News Article

April 1948 Radio News

April 1948 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.

It's been a little while since I posted any of the great electronics-themed comics from my vintage magazines, so here are half a dozen from the April 1948 issue of Radio News. My favorite is the one from page 102 where the farmer mistook his wife's waffle iron for a heating pad (stereotyping rural dwellers as ignoramuses was fair game in humor back then). To fully appreciate the page 130 comic requires you noting that World War II had just ended a couple years earlier and there were a lot of electronics and communications technicians (former soldiers) who were by then working in the private realm. Just as nowadays the publically spoken words of politicians are available online, in the record and magnetic tape era many speeches were made available to the public. I have an LP record of speeches delivered by Winston Churchill, General Patton, Franklin Roosevelt, and other notables of the 1940s. In the page 192 comic, during an argument with a friend over some point, he is armed with recordings of President Harry S. Truman to support his case.

Electronics-Themed Comics

Electronics-Themed Comics (p96), April 1948 Radio News - RF Cafe

"Hurt? Hell no! I always test live wires this way!" (Page 96)

Electronics-Themed Comics (p102), April 1948 Radio News - RF Cafe

"No wonder it left scars on you Pa. The man says it isn't a heat pad a'tall!" (Page 102)

Electronics-Themed Comics (p130), April 1948 Radio News - RF Cafe

"He's used to repairing radios under fire!" (Page 130)

Electronics-Themed Comics (p181), April 1948 Radio News - RF Cafe

"What a gyp! They used different questions on the repeat broadcast to the West Coast!" (Page 181)

Electronics-Themed Comics (p185), April 1948 Radio News - RF Cafe

"Psst! Better play with the toys for a while. We can figure out the max. plate rating later!" (Page 185)

Electronics-Themed Comics (p192), April 1948 Radio News - RF Cafe

"Oh yeah? Well in September of forty six, Truman said, and he quotes!" (Page 192)

 

 

Posted July 26, 2022


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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