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  Consumer electronics magazine from 1954 to 2003. Includes Computers & Electronics and Poptronics

Popular Electronics was created in 1954 by Ziff-Davis Publishing for an audience of  electronics hobbyists and experimenters. It soon became the "World's Largest-Selling Electronics Magazine". The circulation was 240,000 by 1957 and exceeded 400,000 by 1963. Rival "Electronics World" was merged into "Popular Electronics" in 1972.
"Popular Electronics" became "Computers & Electronics" in November, 1982; and then ceased publication in April of 1985.
The title returned in February 1989 under the ownership of Gernsback Publications which purchased the name and gave it to their "Hands-On Electronics" magazine. "Popular Electronics" ceased publication in December of 1999, returning as "Poptronics" in January of 2000 after merging with "Electronics Now". The final issue was  January, 2003.

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The issues in this collection are all "previously circulated". That means some may have missing pages for a variety of reasons. If you spot missing pages, let us know: contact. Or, if you can provide scans of those pages, even better!
1983 to 2002 issues courtesy of Robert Dahm. Final issue from Winston Gadsby.
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The first 10 years
<center><h2>Radio News</h2><h3>Radio & Televsion News</h3><hr>1919 to 1958 <br> More than 450 Issues<hr>Receivers, Stations and<BR>Electronic Technology<BR>Many diagrams <br>and illustrations<BR> <center><h2>Radio-Craft</h2><h3>from Hugo Gernsback</h3><hr>1929 to 1948 <br> Over 150 issues<hr>Receivers, news and<BR>Electronic Technology<BR>Many diagrams <br>and illustrations<BR>
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The very rare 1975 "Altair" issues have been kindly provided by Josh Bensadon
Here is Josh with his Altair 8800
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Thanks to Jay Perrin for helping finish the last remaining issues to complete this collection on February 2, 2016
Incomplete Issues 
We are aware that some issues have missing pages or have had articles or coupons taken out. This is the way we received them. We maintain a list of such issues and replace them when an eBay seller has one at a reasonable price. If you spot missing parts of any issue, let us know and we will endeavor to get a new copy for you to enjoy.
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Year J F M A M J J A S O N D
1954 The first Issue was Published in October, 1954
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From November 1982 to April, 1985 the publication was named "Computers & Electronics"
1983                      
1984                    
1985     <-Spring Sum'r-> No September-
October Issue
Winter ->
  There was no continuity from May 1985 to January 1989. However, as Hands-On Electronics would change
name to a revived Popular Electronics, we include all issue of both titles here to fill the gap.
1986
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1988
  From February to September,1989 Popular Electronics returned as a fusion under the
Popular Electronics name  with the
Hands-On Electronics content.
1989
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Year J F M A M J J A S O N D
  The final cycle of the Magazine was issued as "PopTronics"
2000
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2003 Publication ended After January, 2003, Edition
Year Electronics Experimenters Handbook from Popular Electronics
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1957 1958 1959
60's
1960 1962 1963 1964 1965 Sp 1966 Sp 1967 Spr 1968 1969 Sp
1965 Fa 1966 Fa 1969 Wi
70's 
1970 Sp 1971 Sp 1973 Sp 1974 Sp 1975 Sp
1970 Wi 1971 Wi 1972 Wi 1972 Fa 1974 Wi 1975 Fa 1976 1977 1978 1979
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1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
                   
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90's
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