The Portable Radio in American Life

The Portable Radio in American Life

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As an artifact of culture, the portable radio is an unusual but perfect subject for investigation by archaeologist Schiffer. Seeing the history of everyday objects as the history of the life of a people, he shows how the portable radio has reflected changes in American society as surely as clay pots have for ancient cultures.Most aquot;brokenaquot; transistor sets found their way, finally, to the trash, and that is why so few early examples have survived. ... prospective portable buyer who was unwilling to plunge into the age of throw-away electronics could for a few years still buy a radio with tubes. ... This made sense at the time (when transistors were still fairly expensive): two transistors could replace the heavy-drain audio output tube.

Title:The Portable Radio in American Life
Author:Michael B. Schiffer
Publisher:University of Arizona Press - 1991


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