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Portable Radio in American Life
Michael Brian Schiffer (au). Did you know . . . that portable radios were first envisioned in 1890 science fiction?; that the first “boom boxes” were made in the 1920s?; that personal portables first appeared in the 1940s?; that the first transistor radio was manufactured in Indianapolis, not Tokyo? In this fascinating history of the portable radio, Michael Schiffer shows how this invention is as American as apple pie. Along the way, he tells how technology has responded to consumer preference, how corporate “cryptohistory” has made us believe the Japanese invented the radio, & how the spread of the portable radio mirrors that of other technologies. More than 400 photos make this book both a definitive resource & a delightful browse.
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