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Vintage Popular Electronics Online

ercoerco Posts: 19,884
edited 2021-03-30 20:19 in General Discussion

For a blast from the past, view every page of the magazine "Popular Electronics" from 1954-2003 at

For instance:

And tons of other publications there too:

Man, how I would pore over these treasured magazines as a teenage ham radio nerd. Now I can search for the "Free Power Radios" article and "Hobby Scene" columns I loved.

Well, there goes TODAY!


  • ercoerco Posts: 19,884
    edited 2021-03-31 02:45
  • Yes, it a great collection of Popular Electronics magazines at the World Radio History site. I still have most of the issues I got with a subscription.

    Of course one the history making issues was in January 1975:

    Also this issue shows the beginnings of Processor Technology in July 1976, which helped inspire me to get a Sol-20 in 1978, which I still have and it still works great:

  • That keyboard idea was one of Don Lancaster's ideas. He would later translate that into his entire TV Typewriter Cookbook. I have a copy here. (He's amazed that I am interested in it.)

    I remember reading the majority of the ones from the middle seventies all to the abrupt end. What got me though is that the Altair design had a bigger impact than the IMSAI one, yet its history, namely the name wasn't ever properly presented. You could turn around and build their Altair kit, and then use the same knowledge to build the IMSAI design with someone else, and share spare boards because the S100 bus connectors were part of a growing standard. It is technically retired, but the designs they spawned are still extremely popular.

    Mascot away for the month, please leave all messages at the sound of the Yeti. Do not leave food.

    And say? Why are there robots marching to Pasadena? Must be to support the ones on Mars.

  • Cluso99Cluso99 Posts: 17,660

    I used to buy/read all these from the mid 60s to early 70s. Fun days!

  • Nice link @erco. Lots of old friends there. I think I went through 3+ copies of Don Lancasters TTL cookbook. In about 4 years. One beat to death, one loaned never to be seen again, one swiped in school, one somewhere in the deep black hole of a garage.

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