Modern Electrics

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Modern Electrics
Modern Electrics 1910 06.jpg
Modern Electrics, June 1910
EditorHugo Gernsback
CategoriesAmateur radio
PublisherHugo Gernsback
First issueApril 1908
Final issue1914
CompanyModern Electrics Publications
Based inNew York City

Modern Electrics was a technical magazine for the amateur radio experimenter. The magazine existed between 1908 and 1914.[1]

History and profile[edit]

Modern Electrics was created by Hugo Gernsback[1] and began publication in April 1908.[2] The magazine was initially intended to provide mail-order information for radio parts and to promote the amateur radio hobby, but it later became a vehicle for technology-based fiction stories. The first fiction appeared in the April, 1911 issue, and the series of 12 installments by Hugo Gernsback would later be published as the science fiction novel Ralph 124C 41+.

The circulation for this magazine increased rapidly, starting at 2,000 and increasing to 52,000 in 1911. In 1908, the magazine announced the "wireless registry", a listing of radio owners, their call letters, and the type of equipment they owned and how it was operated.[3]

The magazine was sold in 1913, and ceased publication in 1914.[1] It then merged with Electrician and Mechanic to become Modern Electrics and Mechanics. The experience Gernsback gained with Modern Electrics led him to introduce Electrical Experimenter magazine in 1913 and pulp science fiction magazine Amazing Stories in 1926.


  1. ^ a b c "Modern Electrics, the first Gernsback popular technical magazine". MagazineArt. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  2. ^ Everett Franklin Bleiler; o Bleiler (January 1998). Science-fiction: The Gernsback Years: a Complete Coverage of the Genre Magazines ... from 1926 Through 1936. Kent State University Press. p. 143. ISBN 978-0-87338-604-3. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Modern Electrics: April 1909 - Page 34".

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