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  Consumer electronics magazine from 1954 to 2003 in several renewed editions.

Popular Electronics was created in 1954 by Ziff-Davis 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" (click to veiw) 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.
Missing Pages
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.
Many missing pages filled in by Jack Fischer
Additional Electronics Magazines.
Hands On Electronics Electronics Now
Eñectronics Illustrated Electronics World
Radio Electronics Elementary Electronics
Radio TV Experimenter Byte
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>
Radio News Radio Craft
The very rare 1975 "Altair" issues have been kindly provided by contributor Josh Bensadon
Josh Bendason with his working Altair 8800
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
Year Popular Electronics - Computers & Electronics - Poptronics
1954 The first Issue was Published in October, 1954
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Computers & Electronics
From November 1982 to April, 1985 the publication was named "Computers & Electronics"
1983                      
1984                    
1985     <-Spring Sum'r-> No September-
October Issue
Winter ->
Hands On Electronics
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
1987
1988
Popular Electronics: Revived!
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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PopTronics
The final cycle of the Magazine was issued as "PopTronics"
2000
2001
2002
2003 Publication ended After January, 2003, Edition
Year Electronics Experimenters Handbook from Popular Electronics
 
These Special Editions called the
Electronic Experimenter's Handbook
were issued once or twice a year from
at least 1957. They were annual until 1965, when
 both a Spring and Fall issue were produced,
reverting to once a year in 1976 and then semi-annual
 again in 1994.
Please help us find the missing issues
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