Austin Weber 2017-03-01 02:12:32
The 1950s was a golden age for General Electric. The company was riding high as the American economy was booming after World War II and the Korean War. General Electric operated a large network of factories, with major operations in Bridgeport, CT; Evendale, OH; Erie, PA; Fort Wayne, IN; Lynn, MA; Pittsfield, MA; and Schenectady, NY. Its newest facility was a state-of-the-art manufacturing complex in Louisville, KY, called Appliance Park. During the 1950s, GE research labs developed numerous gee-whiz products, such as an automatic pilot for jet aircraft, Lexan polycarbonate resin, the first all-transistor radio, radar defense systems and a technique for fabricating diamonds. The company was a major player in nuclear power and the electronics industry. And, it was dabbling in other emerging technologies, such as computers, robotics and industrial automation. General Electric used comic books to encourage kids to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. It hired well-known artists, such as George “Inky” Roussos of Batman fame, to draw a series called Adventures in Science. The comics covered everything from space travel to electricity, with lots of fun facts thrown in. The goal was to get kids hooked on science and excited about innovation. On the last page of each comic, there were basic tips on how to become an engineer. The colorful booklets, which averaged 16 pages each, were distributed for free. Today, a copy in mint condition can fetch $30 or more.
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