Here’s the Portable Music Device the Cool Kids Were Carrying Around in 1938

A decade before the transistor made real miniaturization of electronics possible, people were still looking for ways to take their big clunky radios with them. Paleofuture found this ad from 1938 that offered a solution.

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Oh, those crazy French. Here’s a closer look.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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