From: John Larkin
Subject: Re: End of an era.
Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 13:14:31 -0800
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On Wed, 25 Dec 2002 10:06:06 -0800, Watson 'Atto Parsec' Name
>In article ,
>> I read in sci.electronics.design that Winfield Hill
>> wrote (in ) about 'End of an era.', on Tue,
>> 24 Dec 2002:
>> >Don Lancaster wrote...
>> >> http://www.gernsback.com/
>> >| |
>> >| |
>> >| Gernsback Publications, Inc. |
>> >| publisher of Poptronics magazine |
>> >| is no longer in business |
>> >| effective 12/13/2002. |
>> >| |
>> > Yes, very sad. Once they dropped your column Don,
>> > they really didn't have much chance anymore, much
>> > of the reader's freshmeat was gone. :>)
>> It's a pity but not too surprising, IMHO. The whole thing started with
>> the basic enthusiasm and skill of Hugo Gernsback himself. It probably
>> shouldn't have survived him.
>I believe that PE was bought by Gernsback not too long ago, but it
>started out as a Ziff-Davis publication. Ol' Gernsback owned some other
>mag, maybe Radio Electronics. So Hugo had nothing to do with PE, nor
I don't know when Hugo started, but I have the November, 1921 issue of
Radio News (Over 100 Illustrations! 20 cents!) which is Vol 3, No 5.
It's very literate, full of construction articles, theory, and news.
And LOTS of ads:
Wixico varo-coupler $8.00
Radiotron UV201 tube $6.50
0.001 mfd condenser $0.75
Magnavox R-2 horn speaker $110
Federal 3200-ohm headset $10.50
This was *not* a cheap hobby.
I also have a few Radio Craft mags from the 1940's, also great stuff.
The Feb 1947 edition is full of cheap WWII surplus stuff. Big
rackmount 144 MHz transceiver, weighs 100 lbs, $14.95.
These show up often on ebay and are fun to read.